Mosque Gutted by Fire in Barnersville

partial view of the mosque that got burnt in the Daybreak Mouth-Open Community on the Bardnersville road

Imam claims “Allah destined it”

At least three persons suffered severe burns early last Monday when a Mosque valued at over US$65,000 was gutted by fire in the Day-Break-Mouth-Open Community on the Barnersville Road, outside Monrovia.

Even though the cause of the fire is yet to be officially established, Keisa T. Kromah, secretary general of the Bilal-Masjid Mosque told the Daily Observer that the fire disaster was destined by the Almighty Allah.

Kromah later attributed the cause of the fire to ‘electric shock’ from electricity supplied to the Mosque by an unnamed community member.

Those who got injured were taken to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor where they are currently responding to treatment, said Kromah.

“The degree of the victims’ injuries tells us that they will recover very soon,” Kromah said.

He said Muslims who attended the Mosque prior to Monday’s incident did not retrieve anything from the wreckage due to the intensity of the fire.

“This is what Allah destined, and therefore, it must come to pass,” Mr. Kromah said.

He continued, “We are disappointed with the way our sensitive documents valued at over US$15,000 were burned. These documents excluded the belongings of our children who used to sleep in the Mosque.”

The Mosque hosted a non-profit learning center said to have impacted the lives of the Muslim Community, specifically in education.

Kromah praised Allah because some of the students were still on vacation and were expected to return for classes on the day the fire occurred, adding, “We have 78 to 90 students attending the school.”

He called on the Muslim community, particularly members of the council, to rebuild the Mosque so that the students can continue their academic calendar.

The school was founded in 2012, and has since that time been known to have impacted hundreds of school-going children in the community and its environs.

Authorities of the Liberian National Police who later arrived on the scene yesterday invited both authorities of the Mosque and the alleged electricity supplier to help with their investigation.

Alvin Worzi is a Liberian journalist with over seven years of professional experience. For the past few years, he has been engaged in covering land issues, security, education, gender related issues, politics, and agriculture. Mr. Worzi is currently the Assistant Secretary General of the Executive Mansion Press Corps (conglomeration of reporters assigned at the Executive Mansion). Mr. Worzi is a member of the Press Union of Liberia.


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