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One of Gambia’s major industrial areas outside the capital, Banjul has been destroyed by fire with traders losing millions of dollars’ worth of goods.

Many of the traders were left in tears after the fire outbreak which happened on Sunday evening, according to eyewitnesses.

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Some of the shops that were destroyed by fire. Photo: Facebook/EYE Africa TV Online

According to some residents around the industrial area the fire started at a cooking gas store.

Firefighters struggled to contain the fire and were only able to finally put it out on Monday with specialist equipment.

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Traders in Gambia in tears over fire
Some of the traders were in tears. Photo: Facebook/ Adama Barrow

Over 50 vehicles were burnt to ashes in the fire and many shops with goods destroyed.

Some business owners who were counting their losses said they have lost over $2m in property and stock.

There were no reports of deaths although many residents close to the area had to flee their homes during the fire outbreak.

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Some cars burnt in Fire
Some of the cars burnt in the fire. Photo: Faecbook/ Adama Barrow

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow who visited the scene of the fire said “The magnitude of damage I saw at the industrial fire incident in Kanifing this morning (Monday) was quite devastating.

My thoughts and sympathy are with all those affected. Now, we must put all hands on deck and review the existing safety measures to prevent any future recurrence.”

Adama barrow visits fire scene
Gambian President Adama Barrow at the fire scene. Photo: Facebook / Adama Barrow

He also expressed his “gratitude to the first responders, led by The Gambia Fire and Rescue Services, for their bravery, sacrifice, and determination, under very difficult circumstances, in containing what could have been an even bigger disaster.”

 

 

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