Update – Fire at Youyi building!
Two weeks back after a fire incident at the Nassit building, Walpole Street, Freetown, another outbreak of a fire incident occurred at the ministry of Lands Housing and County Planning’s third floor, in the west wing of the Youyi building, Freetown, Sierra Leone on Thursday 20th October 2011 at around 9:30 a.m. local time. According to the Minister of Lands Housing and Country Planning, Ibrahim Patsow, he was at his office when he heard a report of a fire outbreak at the National Revenue Authority office in the Ministry of Lands, Investment Climate facility and the Land Registry office. According to the Land Registrar, Reynolds Wilkinson, old and new data paper systems and computers were burned down but he assured all that documents that were retrievable as they are back up information in other data systems. In a snap interview with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Musa Tarawally, he was tongue tied over the recent fire out breaks on prominent Government Buildings and stated he will be at a better position to comment in a week’s time.
According to Abu Kamara, who identified himself as a worker at the Land Ministry, he told a battery of journalists that there was a naked electric cable that senior officers of the ministry failed to replace despite complaints from junior workers, which he believed must have caused the fire.
Kondo Bakarr, CEO Transport in the Ministry of Lands noted that all state’s land documents are intact with back up information’s in other data systems.
The National Fire Force succeeded in putting out the fire.
The Youyi Building being one of the tallest buildings that Sierra Leone as a nation can boast of, houses 90% of President Koroma’s Government Ministries. The building is as quiet as a graveyard as all government personnel working for various ministries were asked to call it a day by security personnel who were in full control of the building.
Investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out by the national fire force under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The deputy government spokesman, Sylvester Swarray, admonished journalists to report the story as it is and to avoid fabrication as the nation waits patiently for the report that will reveal the true cause of all the fire outbreaks in the city in less than a month.
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