A fire outbreak in the Police Academy Junction community, Paynesville, yesterday morning destroyed three shops. Eyewitnesses said efforts by neighbors to put out the fire were unsuccessful.
Several people among the rescuers made off with goods and other items from the shops that survived the disaster.
Firefighters from the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) arrived on the scene at about 8:45 am, after the disaster.
LNFS officers could not confirm the cause of the disaster, but said an official report would be submitted to the LNFS headquarters in Monrovia.
One of the victims, who would not give her identity, wept on the scene due to her loss.
Officers of the Liberia National Police declined to speak on the situation because they were not clothed with the authority to make comments.
Although the owners of the three shops remained unidentified, there were, meanwhile, ‘representatives’ who would not speak to the Daily Observer but were seen frantically saving what they could from the disaster.
It was, however, learned that one of the owners was out of the country.