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Remains of Gambian New York fire victims arrive

Remains of Gambian New York fire victims arrive

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As planes of African leaders land at the Banjul airport to attend President Adama Barrow’s inauguration, an SN Brussels flight will however bring remains of Gambians who died in the Bronx apartment fire.

On Sunday, 8th January 2022, fire broke out in a New York building after a space heater that had been left running continuously burst into flames.

At least 16 Gambians, including 6 children were confirmed dead.

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The Gambia government, through the foreign ministry, had promised to process travel documents for those intending to attend burials here when the remains are repatriated.

The Standard has been reliably informed that some escorts have already arrived yesterday.

There was a mass funeral on Sunday which capped a week of prayers and mourning within a close-knit community in the Bronx, where 15 people were reportedly buried.

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The repatriated bodies to The Gambia, numbering four, are expected to land at the airport this morning.

Senior government officials are expected at the sombre occasion.

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