Corpses burnt beyond recognition as Mortuary goes up in flames
No fewer than six corpses were completely burnt when fire gutted a private mortuary in Agagbe community of Gwer-West Local Government Area of Benue State.
Eye-witnesses said the fire occurred about 6pm on Friday and raged until all the deposited dead bodies in the morgue became burnt beyond recognition.
It was learnt that the mortuary is owned by a religious body, the St Francis Xavier Parish, Agagbe in Gwer West LGA.
Some witnesses said the cause of the fire wasn’t known, while others alleged it could have been mischief from some people in the vicinity.
The witnesses also said that the relatives of the corpses kept at the morgue ran helter-skelter in vain in an attempt to put off the fire but to no avail.
While the Director of State Fire Service, Engr. Donald Ikyaaza said that he wasn’t aware of the incident, the Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Benue command, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident when contacted.