A Saturday afternoon fire disaster on 12th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia, resulted in the death of a retired Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) officer.
The late John Bahroule, 65, who was reportedly trapped in the blazing fire, had suffered a prolonged ailment that left him bed-ridden, and therefore could not escape the fire. His family since laid him to rest.
The cause of the fire had not been established up to press time.
In an attempt to help Bahroule, eyewitness Johnny Naimanney told the Daily Observer that he and a few of his colleagues tried to rescue Mr. Bahroule, but were unable due to the intensity of the flames.
“We tried our best, but could not save his life as the blaze heightened beyond our capacity,” Naimanney remembered.
A sister of the deceased, Mrs. Hnede Wilson, explained that she was cooking in the kitchen when one of her daughters informed her of smoke coming from one of the rooms.
According to Mrs. Wilson, the smoke quickly intensified and subsequently resulted in an uncontrollable fire, which prevented anyone from retrieving anything from the house.
“There was no way to take anything from inside. However, thank God that I was able to save one of my children, who was in my room,” she said.
She said her brother was the only casualty, something that wouldn’t have been were he not bed-ridden.