EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A vendor at the Brikama Sandika have confirmed to Eye Africa TV that two canteens were burnt to debris in a serious fire disaster that strike from an electric failure between 4 to 5am, Wednesday morning.
Our source, who preferred to be call by the name just Bora, said several valuable materials, including rice and millet threshing machines got perished in the fire. “There were also groundnut butter making machines were also destroyed.” He said three phase electricity meters belonging to Sheikh Nyang and Ass Sambou were also destroyed in the fire.
Fire is a common disaster in the West Coast Region number one business town, virtually every year. In June 2012, Elton fuel filling station in the town got burnt following a fuel tanker explosion that spread to a neighboring compound, Sillah Kunda. Eight business establishments around the compound were also affected.
In September 2016, the town’s market was set ablaze by unknown arsonists, with significant destruction to property. No one had claimed responsibility of that arson attack. Also in October last year, the same market got engulfed by fire, leaving over 39 stalls burnt to the ground.
Majority of fire disasters in the cosmopolitan town usually occur at late night, which slows immediate response for support.