By Rohey Jadama
12 rooms in a compound owned by the Ceesay family of Kolongba Road
behind Sunu Kerr in Dippakunda.
The fire, which was said to have started around 6pm, destroyed
everything in the affected houses into charred remains such as
clothing, furniture, food, utensils, school books, cash, etc.
Speaking to Buba Ceesay, an eye witness and a resident of the
compound, he said he does not know what actually caused the fire but that
it started from the ceiling of one of the houses and then spread
to the rest within the pace of thirty minutes.
He said when the Fire and Rescue Service came to help in extinguishing
the fire, one of the first things they did was to contact NAWEC to
switch off the electricity supply to the area.
“Fortunately, no one got hurt but there is so much destruction of
property and personal effects as we were unable to remove anything
because of the intensity of the fire,” disclosed Mr. Ceesay.
He noted that the neighbours helped them to extinguish the fire but
could not to stop it until when the Fire and Rescue Service came.
Spread out in the middle of the compound was the charred remains of
television sets, refrigerators, beds, wooden doors, etc.
At the time this reporter visited the compound, the place was filled
with many people, including relatives, neighbours and friends who came
to express sympathy with the traumatized family while others were
helping to clear the burnt materials and rubbish from the rooms.
The Ceesay household, which is an extended family setting, is in dire
need of emergency assistance of any kind as everything in their houses
Disaster relief or philanthropic organizations and Good Samaritans who
want to assist can contact the family on the following numbers: