Children Feared Dead In IDP Camp Fire Accident In Borno

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Children Feared Dead In Borno IDP Camp Fire

Two children have been feared dead in a fire disaster that broke out in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Jere local government of Borno state.

The ill-fated camp, which is located in an area called Khurso Bashir, is only few kilometers to Maiduguri and is one of the unofficial settlements for displaced persons in the host community.

Speaking on the incident, eye witnesses said that the fire, which started on Friday afternoon, spread quickly because the tents were erected with dried stalk which is a highly combustible material.

More than 400 families were reported to have lost their homes to the disaster before men of the State Fire Service arrived the scene to prevent further spread.

Sources at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said some of the IDPs are from Marte and Mafa areas of the state, while others are migrants from smaller villages and the state capital.

Survivors of the misfortune have blamed the incident on one of their fellow IDPs who was said to have been roasting groundnuts when the fierce wind blew embers from the fire she lit to the thatched shelters.

Unfortunately, the children could not be rescued from the flames in good time.



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