Fire Leaves 14 Homeless in Ganta


Fourteen persons were left homeless a week ago after fire gutted their home, destroying all their belongings.

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established, but the owner of the house, Moses Dolo, 65, said he saw smoke coming from one of the rooms, but before they could make up their minds and check on where the smoke was coming from, the house was already engulfed in flames.

“We only managed to rescue the children, because there was no way for us to take a penny from any of the four rooms,” said Mr. Dolo.

“I lost everything; I don’t know what to do from here,” added another occupant.

None of the occupants could explain the cause of the fire, as everyone denied ever having a candle or anything that could start a fire in their room.

“I built this house in the early 70s, when I was working with LAMCO in Yekepa. At this age, what am I going to do?” Mr. Dolo wondered.

The house had four bedrooms, apart from a living room, store room and a kitchen, and was made from dirt bricks and cement, commonly known as “dirt to cement.”

Despite Ganta city’s rapid growth, there is no fire service to respond to fire disasters.