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Seven Die, Four-Day-Old Baby Survives Generator Fume Tragedy in Anambra State

In a heart-wrenching incident, the Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the untimely demise of a family, their two children, and other individuals due to suspected generator fumes at their residence in Nkwele Ezunaka, near Onitsha.The deceased, a trader based in Onitsha, his wife, two children, mother-in-law, and a newly arrived apprentice, tragically lost their lives on Wednesday after inhaling poisonous fumes emitted by the generator.According to sources in the area, the man’s wife had recently given birth, and in a heartfelt gesture, the husband had arranged for the family to move to their new house as a surprise gift for her. Tragically, this was to be their first night in the new home.A sorrowful twist to the story emerged when a friend, intending to join the family in the celebration that night, found himself unable to do so. He subsequently visited the family’s house only to discover the doors locked and the generator still running.The manager of St. Charles Borromeo Hospital in Onitsha, Rev. Fr. Izunna Okonkwo, confirmed that only the newborn baby was in stable condition when brought to the hospital for medical attention. All other family members, including the wife and one of the daughters, were unconscious upon arrival and, despite efforts to revive them, tragically succumbed to the effects of the fumes.The man, identified as Ifeanyi, hailed from Enugu State and was a well-known trader at the Onitsha Bridge Head Market.The incident has left the community devastated, and local authorities are actively investigating the circumstances that led to this unfortunate loss of lives. The spokesperson for the Anambra State police, Tochukwu Ikenga, assured the public that the investigation is ongoing and that further details will be communicated as soon as it concludes.As the community mourns this heartbreaking tragedy, our thoughts and condolences go out to the affected families and loved ones during this difficult time. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.


Ademola Adeyemi

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