No fewer than 50 dead bodies were burnt beyond recognition when the mortuary of the general hospital in Enugukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State was gutted by fire over the weekend.
The mysterious fire reported started at about 6.00 p.m. on Saturday. The cause of the inferno at the mortuary is still strouded in mystery.
However, there are speculations that due to the harmattan period, the fire might have stemmed from a bush burning nearby while the inferno engulfed the mortuary due to the chemicals being used to preserve corpses.
The spokesperson for the Police Command in the state, SP Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident and appealed to the people to remain calm.
Mohammed noted that investigations were already underway, adding that the cause of the fire was still unknown.
He assured the people of the command determination to unravel the mystery surrounding the fire.
“Police patrol team, led by the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Nimo Police Division, CSP Benjamin Egu on arrival at the scene, contacted fire Service department, which later put out the fire with the help of local volunteers.
“However, the fire caused extensive damage in the building as almost all the corpses at the mortuary were burnt beyond recognition.
“No stone will be left unturned in order to unravel the mystery behind the incident whether it is natural or manmade,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Willie Obiano has visited Enugwukwu General Hospital Mortuary to see things for himself.
He was accompanied by the state commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, senior police officers and other stakeholders.
The governor upon rounding off inspection of the site condoled with families affected and reassured them of his commitment to unravelling the mystery behind the fire outbreak.
Obiano announced that a committee will be set up to look into the incident.