Fire engulfs five-storey apartment


SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

Residents of No.220 Foulah Street, off Mountain Cut, were in tears over the weekend after fire engulfed their apartment, destroying properties worth millions of Leones.

In a chat with Concord Times, house owner Sulaiman Bangura said: “The exact cause of the fire still remains a mystery to me.”

An eyewitness, Ishmael Koroma, said the fire started at the back of the house, where smoke was seen billowing out of the roof.

He explained that there was no electricity at the time of the incident, which makes it very difficult to ascertain the cause of the fire.

“When we saw the smoke from the back we immediately called the Fire Force, but they were unable to stop the fire when they arrived because the house was located at the hillside,” he explained.

One of the occupants who lost her property, Kadiatu Neneh Sesay, said: “I was not at home at the time of the incident. I only received a phone call from my neighbour who told me that the house is on fire. I was unable to remove my properties and monies for my business. It will be difficult to survive with my children.”

The incident happened when the entire country was shutdown as efforts to contain the spread of Ebola in the country, which official sources say has killed 501 persons so far. That may have prevented local rescue effort which is often deployed ahead of a poorly equipped fire brigade.