The entire Ekpri Nsukara Community of Uyo was early morning of Friday thrown into mourning, as seven persons – six children and a mother – lost their lives in an inferno which occurred at No. 33 Ntia Street, off Ekpri Nsukara in Uyo.
Mr. Ekemini Obot, who is the grandson to the landlady, Madam Monica Effiong whose house was engulfed with fire told our correspondent that the fire started about 2 a.m. on Friday morning.
He said his wife, who, went outside to ease herself around 2 a.m. noticed the fire in the next compound and raised an alarm which attracted neighbours to rally round for rescue operation.
Unfortunately, the fire, he said, had consumed the seven persons who were sleeping in the rooms before respite could locate them.
He said he was however able to pull his grandmother out who was seriously weak and rushed her to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital for medical attention.
The eye-witness gave the names of those that lost their lives in the inferno as Daniel Sampson, Helen Sampson, Itohoinyene Sampson, all grand children to the landlady, Madam Monica Effiong.
Others are Nsikak, Queen, Nsisong and their mother, Happy, all tenants.
He said they suspected the incident to have been masterminded by a man who had land dispute with his grandmother and had promised to revenge.
Obot also said that the fire service men and the police came to the scene that night but it was rather too late to rescue the situation.
He added that the police had picked the corpses and deposited them at a mortuary along Atiku Abubakar Way in Uyo metropolis.
Confirming the incident, Mr. Ndarake Ukpe, the Director of Fire Service in the state, said he has just been informed about the incident.
Ukpe lamented that the residents of the area could not be reached by the fire service on time because they did not have the fire service phone numbers.
He added that it was the police on patrol that alerted the firemen of the incident at 33 Ntia Street along Ekpri Nsukara in Uyo.