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Fire outbreak destroys several homes

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At least three residents of the Kailondo Community on the Old Road have reportedly sustained wounds when fire gutted their homes Monday afternoon, 5 August.

The cause of the fire is said to be investigated by the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), according to LNFS Deputy Director for Operations.

Witnesses say the fire started from a zinc house and spread to other nearby houses, destroying them.

Fire fighters were said to have arrived on the scene after much destruction had taken place.

An eyewitness, Mr. Samuel S. Kollie, narrates that he was on the scene saying he prior to the destruction of the houses by the very aggressive fire, some residents of the area made series of calls to the LNFS.

He says the residents wanted LNFS to make a prompt intervention into the fire incident, but it did not respond immediately.
He notes that during the fire outbreak, some of the victims were either at work, school or at market places.

As a result he says the victims could not take any of their belongings from the fire scene.

He adds that two of the wounded were rushed to the St Joseph Catholic Hospital while the other was taken to a local clinic on the Old Road for immediate medical attention.
There was a scene of anger by some of the residents against the Liberia National Fire Service’s response team for allegedly arriving late on the incident scene.
A lot of fire outbreak incidences in Monrovia and its environs witness destruction, injury and deaths of victims.

Some of the victims are underage children.
Some victims who were associates of the injured were seen weeping in tears while others were making efforts to protect few of the properties that they managed to get of the burning homes.

In order to ensure that personal effects of victims were protected from criminals, the Liberia National Police (LNP) deployed officers at the scene of the fire outbreak.By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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