Fire Incident at Red Light Leaves Many Distressed

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Fire guts a warehouse around the UL bus stop, as frustrated and helpless residents look on.

By Lippe Nyanteh (UL Student Assignment)

Following a recent fire incident in Red Light, Paynesville, another incident has again occurred there around the UL bus stop leaving thousands of dollars of properties damaged and several persons distressed.

The fire incident, according to residents, started at the back of the building, which they believed was caused by the burning of uncollected garbage in the area.

‘‘We don’t know where the fire came from; we are frustrated, all of our goods have burned. One lady had about 70 bags of flour and nothing was taken out of the building,’’ said fire victim Fatu Kamara.

Adding to her woes, Fatu said that her mother is sick, and is currently in Margibi County undergoing treatment. Fatu, a mother of three, is at the same time appealing to philanthropists to help restart her business, on which she depends for survival.

Fatu Kamara a victim in a chart with the Daily Observer News Paper in Red-Light

Fatu further explained that people are often seen smoking and burning dirt at the back of the building where the goods are kept, something which she said they had regularly complained about to the owner of the warehouse to no avail.

The chairman of the gas dealers in the area told journalists that following the incident they immediately called the Liberia National Fire Service, whose delay was a source of disappointment.

George Bassie, however, lauded the arrival of the AFL and UNMIL fire service teams for their quick response before the arrival of the Liberia National Fire Service. He is also appealing to other businessmen and women to help the victims.

The incident, which has left several persons distressed, is not the first of its kind so far this year in Red Light.

Meanwhile, there was no report of death in the fire incident, and authorities of the Liberian National Police are investigating to establish its cause.

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