Three persons were on Saturday night burned to death by fire in a tiny zinc shack in the Borough of New Kru Town, outside Monrovia. The cause of the fire has not been established, but Liberia National Police (LNP) and personnel from the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) said they are investigating the cause of the incident.
The wailings and rolling of sympathizers who gathered at the scence of the fire disaster that claimed the three lives was a reminder to residents not to play with fire.
The incident, which brought sorrow to the hearts of the residents and terrified onlookers, occurred at 11 p.m, Saturday night, July 11, when the zinc shack, which hosted a tailor shop, was gutted by fire from an unidentified source.
The deceased were only identified as Wowo Alphonso, 40, Forkpa, 58, and Tokpa, 39. For Tokpa, he was rushed to the Redemption Hospital following the burns, but was pronounced dead few hours later. The late Wowo Alphonso and Forkpa were severely burned beyond recognition.
Richard Flomo, uncle of one of the deceased, told the Daily Observer that the victims were prior to the fire incident seen merry-making on Saturday, “but to my surprise, I heard people calling me to say that my nephew had been consumed in buring fire.”
Mr. Flomo explained that the victims neither smoked nor drank, so he wondered where the fire came from since the house in question had long since been disconnected from the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) grid due to unpaid bill.
According to him, the preliminary determination is that two victims died of smoke inhalation or suffocation (mouthful of air) with deep volume of smoke.
Meanwhile, the remains of the deceased have been turned over to their families for interment.