By, Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
It was free flow of tears for the residents of Oke-Fia area in Osogbo, Osun state after two kids of same parents were burnt to death when Bovas filling station was gutted by fire.
It was gathered that the kids whose age are 8 and 12 years were sleeping in a supermarket owned by the filling station before the supermarket went up in flames around 12pm on Wednesday, 23rd September, 2015.
The manager of the filling station, a former chairman of Orolu local government area of Osun state was helpless while the hapless kids were groaning in the inferno.
But the mother of the burnt kids was said to had summoned courage and went into the flames with the hope of rescuing the kids.
The manager’s wife however sustained severe burns in the process of trying to rescue the kids but she was said to have succeeded in rescuing one but lost two other kids to the mysterious fire.
During the rescue attempt by the parents of the kids, a distress call was said to have been put forward to the Fire Service in Osogbo and men of the Dada Estate Police Division.
The police men who came to the Bovas Filling Station in front of Osogbo Grammar School in Osogbo had rushed one of the kids to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Hospital but the 8 year old boy was said to have gave up the ghost before the van got to the hospital.
The remains of the kids were said to have been deposited at the morgue of the teaching hospital while their mum was also taken to the same hospital in Osogbo for treatment.
Eyewitnesses’ account revealed that the woman and her three children were inside the mini market attached to the filling station when the inferno occurred. The woman was said to have escaped with one of the kids but the other two kids were burnt to death.
One of the eyewitnesses said the two kids were sleeping in an office beside a faulty refrigerator inside the supermarket but they were thrown off balance when the fire gutted the fridge and the compressor exploded.
Another eyewitness, Williams Ojo, noted that the refrigerator housed kegs of petrol that had been hoarded during the scarcity period.
According to Ojo, the hoarded petrol escalated the fire thus causing the death of the kids. He added that the fire fighters arrived the scene late, saying that was why the fire was able to cause so much damage.
Ojo said the fire could have been caused by an electric spark from the refrigerator before the alleged hoarded fuel aided the rage of the inferno. He added that the damage had already been done before the arrival of the fire fighters.
Speaking, the Director of Fire Service in the state, Mr. Michael Ogundipe, journalists confirmed the deaths of the kids to journalists.
His words: “Two lives were lost in the fire. We have not detected the cause of the fire. We responded immediately we were called. We sent two vehicles. We have equipment but there was congestion on the road which slowed down their movement.
“We met the fire burning but I observed that the construction of the building did not follow the guideline. There was no exit route. No fire extinguisher was there. They would have been able to battle the fire if they had extinguishers.”
Fire fighters were still battling to put off the fire which also destroyed a Toyota Corolla car as at the time of filing this report.
Some sympathisers who spoke to our correspondent at the scene said the owner of the station was one of the most honest petroleum marketers in the state, saying he never sold beyond the government approved price of N87 per litre even at the height of fuel crisis.
Some motorists also corroborated this while calling on security agencies to carry out proper investigation to know the cause of the inferno.