8 Survive Gurley Street Fire Outbreak…Fire Service Director Clarifies

By Pinket A. Scott (Intern UMU)

The Director of the Liberia National Fire Service, G. Warsuwah Barvoul, Sr. says eight members of another family on the same floor in the burnt apartment as the late Sow family did survive the fire incident.

Director Barvoul made the clarification yesterday when he up dated the press on the finding of the recent fire incident that left eight persons dead in an apartment at the intersections of Gurley and Carey Streets.

He told reporters that the investigation into the actual cause of the fire outbreak is still ongoing but it was only fair to state that beside those that died, there were survivors with the assistance of the firefighters.

He added that the job of the Liberia fire service is not to go looking for fire but rather to save lives and property when they are called upon and that was just what they ventured to do on that fateful morning when they fought to contain the fire from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

He said if it was not for their intervention, the fire would have engulfed the entire building destroying many other lives and several million dollars worth of properties and goods adding that the fighters had to even trace the supply of that electrical power.

Mr. Barvoul said family members are still grieving the loss of their relatives but frankly, the late Sow and family lived in a cage because from the front entrance into the room, the entire apartment which had only one way entry was barricaded with steel iron gates.

The fire service Director noted that some information gathered was that the many iron gates leading to the late Sow’s apartment was due to the kind of business he was involved with and that was a form of protection to avoid criminals from breaking into his apartment.