People are astounded as a fire outbreak that started from a nearby bush burnt over 400 corpses in a mortuary of the General Hospital in Nigeria.
According to reports, the fire started at the bush behind the funeral parlor and lasted for three hours which gradually burn the mortuary and corpses in it.
The mortuary attendants revealed that after the failure of using water and detergents to reduce the fire, they called the state fire service.
Some family members who have come to pick up their corpses for burial burst into tears after seeing the mortuary and burnt corpses littering the place.
One of them voiced out “We came to take the corpse of a community member for burial only for us to see that the corpses in the morgue had been burnt beyond recognition. We are confused; we don’t know what to do.”
An eyewitness revealed that “The bush is a bit far from the mortuary. But before we knew what was happening, we saw that the roof of the mortuary had caught fire. There were over 400 corpses inside the building.
The entire place was engulfed in fire. Before firefighters came, the fire had caused a lot of damage; most of the corpses were burnt to ashes and some beyond recognition.
“The firefighters battled to stop the fire from escalating to other buildings. In fact, the water in their tank finished; they had to go and refill elsewhere because the hospital does not have a water facility on its premises.”