By Amadou Jadama
A fire outbreak in a self-contained house in Brikama Kabafita Sanyang Kunda last week destroyed materials worth over five million dalasi, The Standard has learnt.
The inferno gutted six well-furnished bedrooms, food, clothing, a substantial undisclosed amount of money and other valuable materials. The cause of the fire is still not known but many suspected that it might be caused by electricity malfunction.
Speaking to The Standard Haddy Jobe, wife of the compound owner, said the fire started in the house of one Hawa Jallow, a tenant who noticed a flame from the roof and informed people but no live flames or burning incense was found in the room.
“Since there was no live fire in the house, we believe that it was caused by electricity,” she said.
“Today all our belongings are burnt to ashes but we are very grateful to God that no lives have been lost,” she said.
Honorable Alieu K Darboe, Ward Councilor for Kembujeh, who visited the family before the fire was put off by the community and the Fire Service, noted that “the situation was very disheartening as the nature of the damage caused by the fire could not be estimated since the family has lost most of their valuable goods in all the affected houses.”
Darboe further called on philanthropists and other humanitarian organisations to come to the aid of the Sanyang Kunda family who lost their entire valuables.
The Alkalo of Kabafita, Alhagie Tombong Jawara, thanked the youth, women and the entire community of Kabafita for their timely intervention as well as the Fire Service. The officials then launched an SOS appeal for the Sanyang family.
Anyone who wishes to support the family can reach the Councillor and the land lady on the following numbers: 2095129/2607027/3445129/6691551.