A closed-circuit television (CCTV) video showing a nine-year-old girl appearing to start the fire that engulfed the Prince Ebeano supermarket in Abuja on July 17 has surfaced online.
According to TheCable, the “massive” fire burned from Saturday night until the early hours of Sunday morning, with firefighters battling to keep it under control.
The video, dated July 17, showed the girl waddling into the gas section of the supermarket around 7 p.m.
She kept looking around to make sure no one was looking, then picked up a lighter and struck it.
She waited for the fire to spread before returning to where she came from.
The blob of fire she left behind exploded, engulfing the supermarket in flames.
In another video, which shows the young girl being interrogated, she confesses to being taken to the supermarket by her mother.
The girl stated that her mother wanted to buy drinks for her sister in another section of the supermarket before leaving them for the gas section.
In an interview with NAN on Sunday, Ibrahim Muhammad, public relations officer (PRO) of the federal capital territory fire service, said it is not yet known if there are casualties.
The cause of the fire, he claims, has yet to be determined.
“We cannot say if any lives were lost to the inferno until the fire has been extinguished,” Muhammad said.
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