Tragedy struck in Surulere, Lagos on Thursday after a family of five got killed in an overnight fire.

The victims were a couple identified only as Hope (wife) and Hygnius (husband) and their three children, Ada, 9, Nonso, 7, and six-year-old Ugochukwu.

While the woman and the children died on the spot, Hygnius, who sustained first degree burns, died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

According to PUNCH, the fire started around 2am from a makeshift shop on Dipo Olubi Street, where the family resided and spread to three other adjoining shops. Hope also used the shop for laundry service and selling confectionery.

Although the immediate cause of the inferno could not be ascertained, it was said that the sound of explosion was heard from the family’s shop shortly after electricity was restored in the area.

The Chairman, Ogunseye Residents Association, Mr. Gbenga Orimolade, said men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the state emergency management agency joined residents to extinguish the fire around 3am.

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