Fire Guts Warehouse, Gas Station

By Antoinette Sendolo

Several business people yesterday woke up with frustration after fire gutted a warehouse and a gas station leaving several other items damaged in the vicinity of the Cocoa Cola Factory Paynesville community.

The warehouse according to eye witnesses was gutted by fire due to the negligence of a worker at the gas station who tried to refill a tanker while the machine was still on.

“The young man was so careless because he had the machine on the whole day knowing that it was going to be hot and he needed to put it off before refilling it with gasoline but he decided to do what he did,” an eye witness narrated.

Speaking to our reporter, Mr. Johnson who had over hundred gallons of gasoline in the ware-house, said he traveled from Grand Gedeh to purchase his goods in Monrovia and later kept them in the ware-house where he normally kept his goods but to his utmost surprise yesterday morning when he went to the ware-house, the place was already razed by the fire.

“I do not know what to do now because I have spent all of the money I had to get my goods and now we are faced with this situation. My family is back home and now schools are about to reopen; I cannot imagine how my children will return to school,” Mr. Johnson lamented.

He added that there are several other business people who are also victims of the fire incident because the warehouse was used by many people especially those who are making businesses out of town stressing that the situation is unfortunate and a huge setback for them.

The owner of the warehouse who could not freely talk to the press due to what he termed as frustration and stress, only told our reporter, “I can’t talk to the press right now because I do not know what to say; I am really confused.”

He added that he could not give any account of the cause of the fire and any information relating to how many persons were directly affected due to his state of quagmire.