The Kaduna State Fire Service said a fire incident that occurred in the early hours of Friday resulted in the death of one Mohammadu Sani, his wife, Raulatu Sani, his son, Hashim Sani (8) and an infant, Fatima Sani.
The FRSC Zaria Zone Commander, Mohammad Umar, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Zaria on Friday.
Umar said the incident occurred at around 1.00 am on Hajiya Maituwo St., Low-Cost Area Zaria, Zaria Local Government area of the state.
He added that the fire service was called after the fire had already destroyed a substantial part of the house.
However, Umar added that the timely intervention of the fire service curtailed the spread of the inferno to neighboring houses in the area.
An eyewitness, Safiyanu Aliyu, told News Agency of Nigeria that the late Sani was an Imam at one of the Mosques on Buhari Street, Low Cost, Zaria.
Aliyu, who did not mention the cause of the fire outbreak, said they heard a distress call from the members of a vigilance group guarding the area over a fire outbreak.
He added that by the time they came out for assistance, it was discovered that the fire had destroyed the apartment where the family resided.
He said the remains of the deceased family were taken to their family house in the Dogarawa in Sabon Gari Local Government for Islamic burial rights.