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  • Thursday, 18 April 2024
Fire Incident Displaces 12 Families in Port Loko, Sierra Leone

Fire Incident Displaces 12 Families in Port Loko, Sierra Leone

A tragic fire incident in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, has left over a dozen people homeless. The fire broke out in a house with ten rooms, accommodating more than 12 individuals, located at 1 Koleh Lane off Kingpalma, Port Loko City.


The devastating incident took place on the 8th of February, 2024, leaving many families distraught as they lost their homes and possessions, including a significant amount of physical cash totaling 25 million Leones.


Santigie A B Mansaray, a resident and the head of a family of four who had been living in the house since 2014, expressed his sorrow over the loss, stating that he had saved the 25 million Leones through a Susu savings scheme and had intended to use the money to start building his own house. 


Mansaray also mentioned the difficult times his family is facing, as they have lost all their belongings, including their children's school materials. Despite the hardship, he has been trying to console his wife, who has been deeply affected by the tragedy.


Another victim, Fatmata Sulaiman Kamara, a businesswoman with a family of eight, shared a similar heartbreaking story. She was not present when the fire started, and by the time she arrived, everything had been reduced to ashes.


Both Mansaray and Kamara pleaded for assistance to help them rebuild their lives. They also mentioned that efforts to determine the cause of the fire have been unsuccessful.


Fortunately, no casualties were reported, but the demand for fire services in Port Loko is increasing due to similar incidents occurring in and around the municipality.


This unfortunate incident highlights the importance of fire safety measures and the need for support systems to assist victims of such tragedies. The affected families are in dire need of assistance to rebuild their lives and recover from this devastating loss.


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