Toddler Burnt To Death In Calabar

Toddler Burnt To Death
Toddler Burnt To Death

A one-year-old toddler has been burnt to death in Calabar as a result of candlelight fire in a thatched house.

The incident occurred at Eta Agbor area of Calabar Municipality on Oct. 9.

The mother of the child, Ms Glory Etim-Akpan, 19, revealed that her child was sick, and so she went out to a pharmacy in the area to buy drugs and pampers for her.

Etim-Akpan said she left the child, a baby girl, Kate Dickson, at home sleeping, while the candlelight was burning.

My baby was having cough and catarrh, so I went out to buy drugs for her and pampers. Before leaving the house, I lighted a candle on top of a metal plate in the room.

I didn’t even get to the pharmacy when I received a call that our house was on fire. It was not up to 30 minutes that I left the house.

Neighbours around heard my baby crying, but they couldn’t intervene. When I came back, we broke the door and I found out that my baby was already burnt to death.

Also, I lost all my properties including my certificates. The fire burnt down my apartment completely, she lamented.

Etim-Akpan said that her life has been shattered because she has nowhere to stay, no food to eat and no clothes to wear.

She appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid through financial and material support.


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