Five members of one family have been confirmed dead while property worth millions of naira have been destroyed as a result of a fire incident at Makara Huta quarters in Azare town of Bauchi state.
The fire which started at about 3am on Tuesday could not be quenched for several hours by men of the state fire service..
A neighbor of one of the victims who lost his life in the incident Malam Umaru Shehu, said the deceased has struggled to save himself from the inferno but all to no avail as he was finally over powered by smoke.
The victim who is a local Islamic religious teacher, Malam Jamilu Musa Zaria, died along with his wife Yusra and their three children while trying to escape from the ravaging fire.
Shehu urged the state government to establish more fire fighting stations and equip them with modern fire fighting vehicles and gadgets to prevent losses during fire outbreaks.
In a related development, property worth thousands of naira have been destroyed in a fire disaster along old Kano road in Azare.
Although no life was lost in the incident, property worth thousands of Naira were destroyed.
Reports indicated that a house belonging to one Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim was completely destroyed by fire including all properties in the house.
Speaking with newsmen, Alh. Ibrahim thanked Allah for enabling him with the support of good Samaritans to successfully evacuate his family from the house.
He thanked all those who contributed in one way or the other towards saving the lives of his wife and other members of the family from the disaster.
The Katagum zonal fire officer of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Sagir Namama Shira, has confirmed the two fire incidents.