For the third time in two years, another community radio station has been burnt to ashes in Margibi County, bringing to three the number of media entities that have been destroyed by fire in the county.
Radio Kakata with dual frequencies 101.7 and 104.6 under the auspices of the county administration gutted fire and burned completely on Friday, 28 October between 1:30 to 2:00 a.m. Reported from the county says not a single item was taken from the station during the fire, and there was no casualty.
Radio Kakata is situated in the Telecom Community of Kakata and was one the first radio stations established in that area. Acting station manager and co-workers were reportedly asleep in the building when the fire gutted the facility.
Meanwhile, Margibi County Superintendent John Z. Buway has ordered an investigation to establish cause of the fire. It may be recalled that on November 9, 2014 at about 11:00 a.m., another community radio, Gbaisue Broadcasting Service (FM 88.9) in Weala, Margibi County was destroyed by fire.
That fire was blamed on electrical fault. Again, in 2015, EL Sky situated in lower Margibi got damaged by fire. The latest incident involving Radio Kakata brings to three, community stations destroyed by fire in the county.
Many ordinary citizens have begun to express fear over the wave of fire incidents, affecting community radio stations in Margibi, one after the other.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne