By Adama Tine
A gas explosion on Tuesday afternoon in Jalabang village, West Coast Region (WCR), was reported to have claimed the life of a teen boy, Kawsu Kassama, injured four people and damaged properties in the area, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) disclosed.
A statement from the NDMA office states that the fatal and unfortunate event occurred at 14:45 on Tuesday, and that he fire was prompted by a spark which caught onto petrol being sold nearby.
“It is understood that a local petrol dealer operating from a household had a petrol tanker in the premises to offload fuel and after the spark, the inferno that ensued became uncontrollable. The blaze resulted to damages to properties, caused injuries and even a fatality. “Therefore, four vehicles were scorched, four individuals sustained injuries and a teenager named Kawsu Kassama lost his life.”
The Brikama Area Council (BAC), where the village is located also sent its sympathy to the victims’ families. It said in a statement: “Our condolence and thoughts are with the deceased and victims of the fire outbreak. The management wishes to sincerely express its condolence to the family of the teenager (Kawsu Kassama) who died in the inferno.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims for a speedy and total recovery. Once again, we want to implore on businesses and individuals dealing in fuel to strictly adhere to safety measures to avoid substantial risk and damage to lives and properties.”