Police in Jigawa State has announced the death of an octogenarian who died from a house fire incident.
An 83-year-old woman, Malama Sa’adatu Isyaku, was on Saturday killed by fire in Kwajala village of Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa.
DSP Abdu Jinjiri, the spokesman for the Police Command in Jigawa, said the fire, which started at about 4:50 a.m, was suspected to have been caused by a burning firewood kept by the deceased to keep her room warm.
“Today the Police received a report that a burning firewood was kept inside the room of one Sa’adatu Isyaku aged 83 of Kwajala village in Dutse LGA.
“She kept the firewood burning in order to keep the room warm.
“And as result, she was engulfed by the fire, burnt and died on the spot,” Jinjiri said.
He explained that the body was removed and taken to hospital by the Police where she was confirmed dead by a doctor.
The spokesman added that the remains of the deceased were handed over to her relatives for burial.
Jinjiri warned the public against the indiscriminate and careless use of fire, particularly during the harmattan.
An early morning fire had, on Monday, destroyed 36 houses, 46 silos and killed 40 goats and sheep in Abanderi village in the same local government area