A man, his wife and two children have been killed in a midnight fire incident in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The victims were identified as Imam Mohammadu Sani, his wife, Raulatu Sani, son, Hashim, and his infant daughter, Fatima.
The Kaduna State Fire Service commander, Mohammad Umar, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Friday.
Umar said the outbreak occurred around 1 AM on Hajiya Maituwo Street, in the low-cost area of Zaria Local Government.
He said officials of the service were called after the fire had destroyed a substantial part of the house.
An eyewitness, Mafiyanu Aliyu, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the late Sani was the Imam of a mosque on Buhari Street in the area.
Aliyu recalled that a distress call from the members of the vigilance group guarding the community alerted the people. But the inferno had consumed the apartment where the family resided.
The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at their family house in Dogarawa, Sabon Gari LGA, for burial according to Islamic rites.