A provision shop owner in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia, left in total distress and teary mood on Monday morning when fire gutted the shop and completely destroyed goods, money, and other personal belongings worth over US$10,000.
The shop known as “Prince Booth” is owned and operated by Menker Cewhy Kwanue, the junior son of Daily Observer former Editor, Cewhy Kwanue.
Menker told the Daily Observer that the fire which started about 4:45 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2012, would be blamed on electrical shock from a power generator, which according to him his brother known as Prince forgot to put off before going to bed.”
He said the fire started from the phone charging compartment within the shop.
Menker lamented loosing everything that was in the shop, including goods, laptops, phones and other valuable items.
He said that almost all the residents that went to sympathize with him had phones on charge, but were consumed by the blaze.
“I had about 100 pieces of phones on charge here and all got damaged. In fact, people, who are coming to tell me sorry were having their phones on charge, and I don’t know what to tell them,” he said.
Menker said he also lost US$600, which he had kept in the shop to purchase some goods from the Ivory Coast.
“This business was something that all my families depended on, and to see it destroyed completely shows that the whole family has broken-down. Just today I supposed to send money to one of my relatives to the Tapitta Hospital in Nimba County, but could not make it. It means the other person will not have proper treatment,” he said in tears.
“It’s only Jehovah God who knows where we would sleep and eat until we can recover, because I have lost everything to the fire. So, I am pleading to people of goodwill to help me,” he cried.
Eyewitnesses confirmed to this paper how everything that was in the shop got amaged.
“We all saw the fire blazing, but we could not do anything about the flames because at the time all the goods have already been damaged. Almost everything is destroyed running into thousands of United States Dollar. It’s a very sad situation,” said an eyewitness.
Some of the residents, however, resorted to quenching the flames with sachet water under a confused state of mind but to no avail.
“The fire was not worse from the onset, but we have no stream or creek around the area to fetch from to fight the advancing flames,” a resident said.