Inferno Destroys 35 Stalls at Brikama Market
An Undisclosed cash amount of money and Goods worth thousands of Dalasi were on Thursday morning ravaged in an inferno that engulfed 35 stalls at Brikama market in West Coast Region.
When news broke-out in town, our reporter visited the site on Thursday where he found relatives, friends and well-wishers sharing their sorrow with the victims while others were busy gathering burnt Goods together.
Speaking to our reporter at the site of his burnt stall, AmadouSillah, a victim said he cannot establish the cause of the fire but added that the fire started between the early hours of 3am to 4am on Thursday morning.
“The incident left business communities within the market in a condition of despair more especially the victims and the fire consumed virtually almost all our goods and undisclosed cash amount of money,” Sillah informed our reporter.
According to Sillah, he has been doing business at Brikama market for almost 13 good years adding that he lost D265, 000.00 cash as well as a considerable amount of merchandise from the incident.
Alhagi Bah also a victim, spoke to our reporter in utter frustration narrating how he has been doing business at Brikama market for the past 15 years. He also stated that he lost over D100, 000.00 both in cash and merchandise.
A completely burnt down stall belonging to one Barra Chaw who after closing from the days business but his brother EbrimaChaw availed our reporter the opportunity to hear his narration on the incident. He said the entire stall belonging to his brother was completely burnt down to ashes by the fire.
According to Chaw, his brother started business at Brikama market since 1998, adding that his brother lost over D400, 000.00 worth of goods and cash in the incident.
Tamsir Gaye another victim informed our reporter that he started business at Brikama market in 1995 and explained that he lost over D450, 000.00 worth of goods and an undisclosed amount of money.
All the victims who spoke to our reporter at the site of their burnt stalls called on the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Regional Disaster Management Agency (RDMA) in West Coast Region and their Ministry to come to their aid in order for them to start up their normal business.
According to our reporter, the victims who were in a sorrowful state lamented how the incident has affected their lives as they lost all their valuable goods during the inferno.
By Lamin B. Darboe