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Monday 17 October 2016

Tears and Sorrow in Bayelsa as Ex-Commissioner's Son & Lover Burnt to Death in Tragic Fire Outbreak (Photo)

The burnt house (Photo: Punch)
The son of a former Bayelsa State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, and his girlfriend have been burnt to death in an apartment fire. A Saturday night fire outbreak in an apartment at the NIIT area of Tombia in Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa state, burnt to death the son of an ex-Bayelsa State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mientei Ayawei, and his lover, identified only as Happiness, in a tragic fire incident.
According to a shocking report by Punch Metro, the cause of the inferno could not be ascertained but a source close to the family of Ayawei, the current Chairman of the Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue, said the fire was caused by a high electricty voltage.
The source revealed that the high voltage, which allegedly sparked fire through electric extension, started by 4:00am on that day, adding that the fire, which razed nearly all the rooms and property in the one-storey building, adjacent a filling station owned by the former commissioner, Chief Nimibofa Ayawei, started from the apartment where Mientei and his girlfriend were.
The source, who claimed to be a sibling of the victim (Mientei), said when the fire allegedly started, the duo of Mientei and Happiness were sleeping, adding that the deceased got knowledge of the fire when the whole room they were in had already been enveloped by smoke and furnace.
Speaking further, he revealed that on that day, there were two other persons who were in another room in the house, but they managed to escape death by a whisker, adding that the 25-year-old Mientei, had just finished his degree programme in Human Resources Management, from a university in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Revealing further, it was learnt that the presence of the firefighters, were said to have saved other buildings in the neighbourhood, including a filling station, Dannielo Pulo, from being consumed, adding that the firefighters did their best to extinguish the fire, and that their efforts were commendable.
The State Police Command's spokesman, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the inferno, saying the police responded to the distress call quickly, adding that he had not been fully briefed on the casualty figure.

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