By: Richmond Brima Tholley
Fire disaster is reported to have left over one hundred resident’s homeless in Mabang town, Kholifa Mabang chiefdom, Tonkolili distric, Northern Sierra Leone.
The sad incidence occurred on the 11th March, 2020 at around 2:30Pm, according to residents. The fire outbreak according to residents was caused by small boys, age ranges between seven and ten were roasting cashew nuts in a near bush.
Reports say it was from that stage the fire hits one of the houses which resulted to the burning down of several houses.
Though efforts were made by the people to stop the fire, about nine houses including properties were reportedly burnt down and according to viewers of the scene, the incident did not only left residents homeless, but equally destroyed properties worth over millions of Leones, including domestic and household materials.
According to our investigation, the fire breaks out when most of the able bodied men and women had been to their farms to feign for their living.
When contacted by our reporter, Councilor Mohammed A. Bunduka, representing the people of Kholifa Mabang chiefdom as Councilor in Tonkolili District Council described the incident as unfortunate, considering the huge cost of properties destroyed and more so, when six of those affected are secondary school pupils, whose properties including school materials, he said were burnt down.
He called on the Office of National Security, the Tonkolili district Council, Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, the central government, Non-Governmental Organizations and humanitarian to swiftly intervened.
The affected families mostly women and children are temporarily living in neighborhoods, a clarion called for the intervention of the Agriculture ministry is also made, as farm produced and food stuff of the affected families were reportedly burnt down by the inferno.