Fire on Monday afternoon, January 12, 2015, gutted a three-bed room house in Kakata, Margibi County, burning beyond recognition a nine year old boy identified as Amos Morris.
According to reports, the incident, which attracted a huge crowd to the scene, occurred in the Sugar Hill Community in Kakata. The onlookers wailed bitterly, not for the property and other valuables that were lost, but the painful death of the lad whose charred remains lay in the debris.
The Liberia News Agency (LINA) correspondent in Kakata, Richard Baysah, quoted an eyewitness and chairman of the Sugar Hill Community, Edward Carter, as saying that passers-by on Monday afternoon noticed thick black smoke coming from the roof of the three bed room house.
The smoking roof immediately prompted neighbours and others to quickly try to contain the situation, but little did they know that young Morris was trapped inside the house by the blazing fire and thick smoke.
The resecures broke through the door of one of the rooms that was locked, but their efforts proved futile.
Mr. Carter further narrated to reporters that while in the process of putting out the blazing flames with water, that rescuers discovered the charred remains of little Amos Morris, who by then had been burned beyond recognition.
Mr. Carter expressed his deep regret over the manner in which little Morris met his death adding, “It was very painful and untimely.”
The father of the deceased, Larry Morris, explained in tears the circumstances leading to the fire. He said he left his son along with his mother early Monday morning and went to work, but was surprisingly informed via cell phone to his disbelief that his house had been gutted by fire and his son had burnt to death.
The exact cause of the fire and the name of the person who may have locked up the child have not been established, but officers of the National Fire Service Bureau assigned in Kakata, along with Liberia National Police officers there have launched a probe into the incident.
Fire incidents in Margibi County, especially during the dry season, are very common as houses are frequently gutted by fire leaving several persons either wounded or dead.
Meanwhile, the Liberia National Fire Service Commander in Kakata is appealing for a fire truck to help with future fire outbreaks in the county.
Lt/Col. Johnson Freeman said it was about the same time early last year that a tanker parked on a street in Kakata burst into flames, causing the death of three persons and the burning of several buildings completely to the ground.