You only need to visit Yanson Lane at shell for you to know that No 11 which used to be a two apartment pan-body is now a flat ground. This is as a result of a fire accident which took place on Friday 6th February 2009, at around 6:45 pm. Thick black smoke rising out of the house alerted neighbors that the house was on fire.
What caused the fire is still being investigated, but residents say that there was an exposed fire right in front of the house on which a young girl was cooking. An occupant of one of the apartments Mr. Sorie Bangura who is a business man told this press that he was at his shop at shell junction carrying on with his normal business when his daughter rushed to alert him about the incident. Mr. Bangura went on to say that upon arrival at the scene he met the whole house on fire which prevented him from entering the house.
“I was not able to save even a needle” he lamented. The house was completely burnt to ashes leaving over 11 occupants homeless.
Another occupant of the house Nana Kargbo who was explaining in tears said she lost physical cash amounting to 30 million Leones and everything that she had has been burnt by the fire. In the course of fighting to put out the fire, two boys sustained serious injuries.
The fire lasted for 45 minutes before it was finally put out by Fire Force when they arrived at the scene.
The spate of fire accident in the east end of the city has increased rapidly. It could be recalled that early January the St. Michaels Parish house at Locus Housing was completely burnt in a fire accident.
The two areas where the accident occurred are very close to the Fire Force sub- station at Kissy calling into question the response time of the fire services.