A scene of the fire with some crew men

A scene of the fire with some crew men

Tragedy struck a family of five at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region after a mother and four of her children were burnt to death in an early morning fire that gutted their home yesterday.

Akua Afriyie, a 51-year-old seamstress together with her son, Victor Serebour, 26, her twin children, Omega Atta Serebour and Alpha Ataa Serebour, 12, and Gloria Tawiah Serebour, aged six, all died as a result of the blaze.

Victor Serebour, 26, who went to the rescue of his mother and the three siblings, sustained severe burns from his waist down to the legs and died on the way to the hospital.

The tragic incident happened around 12 midnight at the family?s house, bequeathed to them by the children?s father who had divorced the woman, DAILY GUIDE gathered.

Three other people, Solomon Acheampong, one Sister Afia and a certain taxi driver, said to be co-tenants in the house, escaped death, but were taken to the Juaben Government Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital  for the treatment of injuries sustained from burns and smoke inhalation, a neighbour, Mama Eunice Nkansah, told DAILY GUIDE.

The traumatized woman narrated that another family of four, with one Mary Poku as the mother, were rescued from the fire by a one Awudu Abubakar.

She disclosed that Mary Poku and three of her children ? Esther Adjei, 14, Erica Pokuaa, eight, and Godfred Oppong, seven ? were not hurt by the horrendous fire that tore through the house situated at the Ejisu Kobrim community off the Owin-Ejisu road.

Mama Eunice said two fire engines and 12 fire-fighters from Effiduase and KNUST fire stations fought the blaze and brought it under control.

Explosion

One neighbour, Fati Awudu, whose husband was part of the rescue team, said she heard a loud bang from the home of the family, which sounded ?like an explosion, almost like a bomb.?

She added, ?We all went outside and saw the house on fire with the occupants looking through the window and shouting for help.  ?We?re dying! We?re dying!? It was horrific.?

The eyewitness narrated that Madam Akua Afriyie and her children were trapped by the burglary-proof fixed into the window, compelling her 26-year-old son, Victor Serebour, to enter the fire in a desperate attempt to rescue them.

According to Fati, the young man was in another room when he heard the screaming and groaning of his mother and the siblings.

Supt. Akwasi Kwakye at the Ejisu Police Station said, ?There?s no doubt this is an absolute tragedy.?

He added that personnel from the Ghana Fire Service worked extremely hard under some very difficult conditions to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjoining properties and causing further tragedy.

He said the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the Juaben Government Hospital, adding that investigations were underway.

?My thoughts, and that of the Assembly, are with the friends, family and loved ones of those affected at this extremely sad and difficult time,? Afrifa Yamoa Ponko, Ejisu Municipal Chief Executive, was reported to have stated.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Ejisu

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