Our attention has been drawn to the growing wave of fire incidents in Monrovia and its environs as well as other parts of the country. These fire incidents have been occasioned by the loss of valuable properties, including houses and precious lives. In addition, these fire incidents had also rendered people homeless, thereby exacerbating the hardship of the already suffering people (victims).
In most, if not all of the cases, these fire incidents had been attributed to abandoned lit candles, and that the heartbreaking acts are usually followed by SOS calls by the victims for relief assistance.
Of late, there had been several fire incidents in Monrovia and other parts of the country. To mention, amongst other cases, fire recently gutted two houses in the Plumkor and Saye Town Communities respectively, leaving 63 residents, mainly women and children homeless, with more than LD$200,000 worth of properties destroyed. Some of the victims, who spoke to journalists on the scene of the disaster, described their condition as appalling and appealed for urgent help.
For us, we are seriously concerned about the growing wave of fire incidents in the country, as they are troubling and worrisome.
We are of the fear that the increasing fire incidents have the propensity to claim more precious lives and properties if proper mechanism is not urgently put into place to address what appears to be a looming catastrophe.
This is why we are suggesting to the government, civil society organizations, including the media amongst others to urgently embark on a nation-wide campaign aimed at sensitizing the public about the danger of leaving burning candle unattended since this seems to be main cause of the many fire incidents in the country.
We believe the growing fire incidents would be drastically reduced in the country once the public is well educated about the danger of abandoned burning candles.