A taxicab reportedly belonging to a Guinean national Sidiki Kromah was gutted by fire on Friday night, 16 June and burnt to ashes despite attempts by many helpers to extinguish the blazing flames.
Following the incident, Mr. Sidiki Kromah told this paper in tears that he was shocked and confused about what had happened to his vehicle. He says he has been driving the vehicle for over two years before the incident. There were passengers onboard the vehicle when the incident occurred, but the occupants safely disembarked the vehicle unharmed.
Mr. Kromah says the incident occurred close to the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) sub branch in Redlight while he trying to drop – off some passengers that he brought from Gardnerville to Paynesville. He attributed the cause of the fire to electrical fault which he believes had developed in the engine of the vehicle. He says he could do nothing about the situation because he did not have a fire extinguishers in the car to fight the fire.
He adds that the fire was discovered by one of the passengers who first disembarked the vehicle after he parked on the sidewalk. Upon the alarm by the first passenger, he says other passengers began jumping quickly out of the taxicab and running in different directions for fear of their lives. Mr. Kromah says the fire left the entire vehicle to burnt to ashes, leaving its frames at the incident site.
According to him, he was intending to go and park the vehicle in front of the Hage Stores to travel to Kakata City in Margibi County when the incident happened. Meanwhile, several bystanders interviewed said that there was need for the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to ensure that the Compulsory Insurance Policy (CIP) is enforced on all vehicles operating in the country.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Edited by Winston W. Parley