Muna IDP Camp: Fire Kills 3, Injures Many

A three days of fire kills three persons in an IDP camp in Maiduguri, as officials blame it on dangerous cooking habits of the inmates as the cause of the perennial inferno.

Three persons have been confirmed dead while many others are currently hospitalised due to a three-day fire disaster at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, officials said. 

HumAngle had earlier reported that the Muna El-Badawi camp was ablaze on Sunday afternoon. Officials said Sunday’s fire incident at Muna followed two days of similar but smaller outbreaks that gutted about 270 households. 

Earlier, Yabawa Kolo, the state Executive Director of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), informed HumAngle in a phone interview that the fire caused the deaths of two IDPs and left one with third-degree burns. 

However, the Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Northeast zone, Abdulkadir İbrahim, said three lives were lost and many others escaped with injuries. 

The two agencies said the real cause of the fire has not been ascertained, but they both suspected “the dangerous cooking habits of the IDPs” as a possible reason for the inferno. 

“Muna El-Badawi Camp which is densely populated and with the change of weather has repeatedly been engulfed by fire outbreaks in the last three days,” said Ms. Kolo the ED BOSEMA. 

“The recent incident was that of Sunday morning which destroyed more than 275 households. Earlier on Friday 5th of November, 2021 and yesterday being 6th of November, 2021 pockets of fire outbreaks were also recorded.”

“The State and Federal Fire Service were called and they responded, but the disaster, unfortunately, claimed two (2) lives, while one person sustained a high degree burn and was admitted into the State Specialist Hospital.”

HumAngle later learnt that the person with a third-degree passed away.

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist currently employed as the Editor for Lake Chad at HumAngle. For over a decade, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to reporting on the Boko Haram conflict and the crisis in the Lake Chad region of northeastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of English Language and holds a Diploma in Mass Communications. Prior to his current role, he served as an assistant editor at both Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.

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