Residents at Nkwanta in the Volta Region are in a state of shock after three children were burnt beyond recognition when fire razed their home, Wednesday.

The fire which started this morning is suspected to have been fuelled by gallons of pre-mix fuel stored in the house.

Attempts by the officers of the Ghana National Fire Service and bystanders to rescue the children who were trapped in a room proved futile.

According to Mr. Robert Avegidah, the assemblyman for the area, although the GNFS responded immediately after being alerted, the raging fire was stronger than the fire tenders they brought. Three tenants’ rooms were also burnt to the ground.

Although the cause of the fire has not been established, he said what compounded the situation was that “there was some amount of the fuel left in his room” of the father of the victims deals in premix fuel.

A co-tenant said the father of the victims tried to run out of the room with one of the children after an explosion in the room, but failed to rescue any of the children.

He is reported to be responding to treatment at the Nkwanta District Hospital after he suffered serious burns.