A fire disaster during the wee hours of Tuesday morning, December 22, left two persons dead in Logan Town’s Babylon Community in Monrovia and rendered several homeless. The fire also destroyed a five-bedroom house and thousands of dollars worth of personal effects.
One of the victims, identified as Eric Karn, 32, was recently appointed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) as procurement director, family sources told the Daily Observer. The other victim, whose name was not given was the maternal great-grandmother of Karn’s children.
The fire, eyewitnesses said, started around 3 a.m., however its cause is yet to be established. Firefighters from the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) and officers from the Liberia National Police (LNP) arrived late on the scene, and were investigating circumstances that led to the fire.
Neighbors were awakened that fateful Tuesday morning to the noise of a raging fire and desperately sought to put things under control, but without success.
“In that confused situation, we did not know which way to go, and so we left all our possessions to the flames that consumed them,” a male victim lamented.
Since both Karn and his grandmother-in-law were burnt beyond recognition, they were both buried the same day. Karn’s corpse was laid to rest at Johnsonville Cemetery, while his in-law’s corpse was laid to rest in Caldwell.
Karn served as president of Young Adult of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Logan Town. He previously worked with the General Auditing Commission; as an accountant at St. Matthew School; and served as economics instructor at B. W. Harris High School. He leaves to mourn his loss, two children, Eric and Prosper, his wife Zenwea Karn, four brothers, three sisters and a host of relatives.