A serious inferno in the early hours of Friday has left the late Abdoulie Dandeh Njie’s family homeless, after their self-contained apartment at 5-Ranking Street in Banjul Central was engulfed by fire.
The incident, which started around 5 am lasted for several hours before it was put under control, thanks to the intervention of occupants and neighbours.
Speaking to this reporter after the incident, Ajaratou Emily Njie, daughter to the late Dandeh Njie, who is now resident in the compound and believed to be in her 70s, described the situation as rather unfortunate.
According to her, the fire started in the compound around 5am and lasted for hours during which it consumed all their belongings.
“Though no life was lost, properties worth over D200, 000 were burnt during by inferno. The cause of the inferno is still unknown,” she stated.
The old woman revealed that the house was fully furnished with household items, but all perished in the raging fire.
She appealed for support from the general public to enable the family repair their apartment which comprises 7 bedrooms, 2 toilets, 1 store and many others.
Madam Njie explained that because of the raging fire at some point some of the occupants and neighbours had to run to safe their lives.
Also speaking to this reporter, Ndey Sarr, daughter to the Ajaratou Emily Njie, appealed for support from the general public either in kind or in cash to repair their damaged apartment.
She also thanked all those who turned out to support them in putting out the fire as well as those who extended a helping hand; notably, the Lord Mayor of Banjul, Alhaji Abdoulie Bah.
by Lamin B. Darboe