Real cause of fire that burnt 5 siblings to death, AEDC exonerates self

A preliminary investigation carried out by a fact-finding team of the AEDC revealed that the accident was caused by an explosion from a fuel container.

Five children burnt to death in electricity fire

It was earlier reported that the fire was caused by sparks on electricity cables when the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) restored power to the area.

But according to a statement signed by the company's Head of Public Relations and Media, Mr. Ahmed Shekarau, a preliminary investigation carried out by a fact-finding team on Monday, April 3, 2017, revealed that the fire was caused by an explosion from a fuel container taken into the children's room.

The statement explained that the mother of the five deceased children had sent one of her kids to buy petrol for use in their generator because, at that time, the area had no power supply due to load shedding.

The child was said to have taken the fuel into the room where the five children were sleeping.

"Because of the saturation of petrol fumes in that room, when the woman lit up a match stick in order to light up a mosquito coil in a bid to wade off mosquitoes, the flame ignited an explosion which engulfed the room," the statement added.

The AEDC sympathised with the family of the deceased.

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