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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

President Barrow visits fire disaster site, thanks firefighters for ‘bravery’

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President Adama Barrow, accompanied by a high-level government delegation, paid a visit to the site of a fire incident that occurred at a gas depot in the Kanifing Industrial Area to assess first-hand the level of damage in preparation for the next steps of the government.
The fire incident reportedly broke out from the gas depot on Sunday evening spreading to the nearby companies, warehouses, and car garages.

Speaking to the media after the inspection of the burnt facilities, President Barrow recounted how, upon hearing the news, he kept on closely monitoring the situation until midnight.

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“It is a very unfortunate and difficult situation….We cannot thank enough the respondents from the fire service team for the hard work. They work under very difficult circumstances but the good thing is they are very determined to put out the fire and contain the situation,” President Barrow told the press, stating that preventive measures will be taken to reassess the safety standards in place at similar facilities across the country.

President Barrow announced that the government will set up a commission of inquiry to look into what had happened in order to establish facts around the cause of the fire and how to avoid future recurrence.

Additionally, the assessment will further enable the government to establish the level of damage caused. President Barrow assured that the government will give all the support within its capacity to the victims of the incident.

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