Citizens Angry Over Lack of Fire Service Station in Ganta

first_imgPeople surrounded the car with amazement as it burnedResidents of Ganta have expressed outrage that the government is not doing enough to curtail fire disasters in a rural city like Ganta.Their anger grew out of a situation involving a private car belonging to one Sam Kouh, who is a Commerce Officer. Kouh’s vehicle erupted in flames and burned to ashes in the center of Ganta, which left bystanders and passersby shocked and disappointed at the scene of the incident.The car, maroon in color, was marked A28786 – RL. It was being driven from a local garage, where it had undergone repairs for brake failure, when it suddenly caught fire in front of the Beer Garden Hotel in the center of Ganta, mechanic Vaih Teah told the Daily Observer.“I am so confused about this incident, because the car was brought for brake repairs; but I don’t know where this fire came from,” he said.The vehicle was gutted at about 2 pm on Friday, March 30. However, there was no attempt by anyone or firefighters to extinguish the flames as thick clouds of smoke rose in the city center.“Where are the fire service people for whom the government is always deducting money from people’s salaries,” said Zephaniah Gbahn, a resident.“If this fire had extended far beyond this point, it would have been more disastrous, while people stand looking at  properties get burned,” another onlooker said.A big crowd turned up during the incident, but nobody could do anything to contain the fire; store owners hurriedly closed their stores.The car burns in a street in GantaA street-side seller who deals in cosmetic products lost several bottles of perfume to the flames.Although the owner was unharmed, she expressed frustration at the government’s inability to establish a fire service center in Ganta.“Although we pay our taxes, the government is yet to bring a fire service station here,” she said.Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) were present at the scene, directing the movement of people and vehicles away from the burning car.Traffic came to a standstill until the fire died down completely.Ganta has several modern gas stations, including NP, Total and SP. as well as Aminata, while several makeshift gas stations and street vendors can be found in and around the city. However, the lack of a fire service station, commonly known as “Fire Brigade,” has presented enormous challenges for residents, especially in the event of fire outbreaks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Basketball To Face Wake Forest In First Round Of 2017 Paradise Jam

first_imgColorado enjoyed similar success, going 19-15 in 2016-17 with an appearance in the NIT while Quinnipiac, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) recorded a 10-21 record in 2016-17. Wake Forest is coming off a 19-14 season and advanced to the NCAA First Four in 2016-17 and have made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances in its history. Drake will face either Quinnipiac or Colorado in its second game Nov. 18 with the final contest coming against either Mercer, Liberty, Drexel or Houston Nov. 20. Game times and viewing options will be announced at a later date. The Drake University men’s basketball team will face Wake Forest in the first round of the 2017 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game will be the first of three contests for the Bulldogs at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center, Nov. 17-20. The Bulldogs 2017 Paradise Jam appearance will be the second in program history. The Bulldogs previously participated in the 2011 event, going 1-2 with a win over Winthrop and losses to Mississippi by a combined 12 points. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more