A suspected arson attack on a three bedroom zinc shack in the Pipeline Community of Paynesville, outside Monrovia, over the weekend left the home totally destroyed.
According to female victim Baindu Kamara, 38, a man identified as Oldman/Goodwill ignited the fire.
Ms Kamara said the accused had on a number of occasions threatened the occupants to either vacate the house or they would have themselves to blame.
She told this newspaper that the accused had sold the spot where her family built the zinc house a few years ago. She also said that a few months ago, the same man went into a deal with a foreign national (name not given) to buy the same spot.
Madam Kamara also explained that at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, while in bed, she heard some men outside the hut discussing who should set the house on fire.
“Let’s put this entire place on fire so that it will be destroyed forever,” is a statement she attributed to the accused and his accomplices.
“When the people who burned this place arrived at the front of the house,” Madam Kamara said, “Oldman and his suspected actors locked the main door before putting the house on fire.”
At that moment, Madam Kamara said a loud sound was heard on top of the house, like gunfire, which suddenly entered the house.
“We decided to run to the front and back doors, but to our surprise, we noticed that the doors were locked from the outside, but then the fire was fast approaching us,” Madam Kamara said.
She said that the three of them that were in the house, scrambled to the kitchen floor and spread themselves on the floor near the exit door.
“It was at that moment that my 19-year old daughter, Bango Kamara, ran to the kitchen door and forced it open before we managed to escape. I sustained injuries on my back, hand and parts of my body,” Madam Kamara added.
She said they lost all their belongings and everything that they ever worked for over the years, which included a laptop, DVD machine, radio, two mobile phones and L$18,000.
The victim has meanwhile appealed for humanitarian assistance to enable those affected by the fire disaster to rebuild their home.
The victims can be reached via the following mobile phone numbers, 0886 659838 and 0886- 812- 888.