Fire Kills 10-Yr-old Boy in Karnplay

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A 10 year-old boy identified as Courage Zeegban died when fire gutted a store in Karnplay, Nimba County Tuesday afternoon.

According to Moore Tuah, the little boy was in the shop soon after it had been restocked with goods upon the return of the owner from Monrovia.

At about 12 noon local time an electrical fault erupted within the store, immediately causing the fire in which the child was burned to death.  The fire also destroyed all the goods within the store.

Karnplay is one of the towns in Nimba which benefits from the cross border electricity provided by the West Africa Power Pool, WAPP. A technician is reported to have warned earlier that a prescribed wire be used in the house to avoid an electric fault, but the warning apparently went unheeded.  However, the exact cause of the fire is yet to be established.

The proprietor of the store, John Zeegban, was attending a development meeting when the fire occurred.

The store which is named “Courage Business Center” after the victim, was said to be jammed packed with all kinds of goods ranging from mattresses to cotton goods, utensils and numerous other merchandise.

The child was said to have sustained first degree burns and was beyond recognition.  He died immediately and was laid to rest on the same day of the incident.

Last October, a jilted man set his house ablaze in the same Karnplay region, leaving all the occupants to die as he fled to the Ivory Coast.  But he was later arrested and is in jail awaiting trial.

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