The day after a devastating fire in a slum area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, residents were left facing the ashen remains of their homes, now little more than scrap metal.
The fire broke out among the tightly packed homes around 6 pm on March 24, quickly tearing through the community of Susan’s Bay, while fire services attempted to respond but were unable to reach the fire in the densely packed community. Flames were visible from across the city. Most of the residents are traders and sellers and have lost everything in the fire, which displaced more than 7,000 people in 1,597 households.
“The entire community has been burnt to the ground,” said Freetown’s mayor, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr.
Survivors described sprinting and screaming as they fled the flames, some carrying whatever belongings they could and others only the clothes they wore. Residents close to the sea boarded fishing boats, rowing out from the coast to escape.
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