Police are yet to understand what could have led to the fire that broke out at the mortuary section of the General Hospital Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra.

The incident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Saturday and the saddest part is that scores of corpses were burnt beyond recognition.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the police command had launched investigation to unravel the cause of the fire.

“Police patrol team, led by the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Nimo Police Division, CSP Benjamin Egu on arrival at the scene, contacted fire Service department, which later put out the fire with the help of local volunteers.

“However, the fire caused extensive damage in the building as almost all the corpses at the mortuary were burnt beyond recognition.

“The cause of the fire incident is still unknown, but the case is under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” Mohammed said.

This must be a harrowing experience for those who have kept the corpses of their loved ones in the morgue.

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