Konyokonyo fire razed down Sky Net trading company
By John Agok
Fire burned to ashes four buildings of Sky Net trading company adjacent to Pinnacle Petrol Station and Konyokonyo Bus Park yesterday with the cause attributed to foul play although pending investigation from the Police.
Speaking to Juba Monitor, Francis Oneka the manager of Sky Net trading company that imports food items explained the damages and what was said to have caused the fire in the mid-morning hours around ten O’clock on Wednesday 20th January 2021.
“This morning, we heard an alarm from the backyard of generators and while we were off-loading vehicle with food items coming from Kenya, we came to the rescue of two stores and two buildings that had caught fire already. Thereafter, we found that the fire might have been dropped by an unknown person before it caught the generators,” he said.
Francis revealed that the suspects have been taken to Konyokonyo Police Station for further investigation on what ensued to outbreak of the fire in the company compound.
“Thereafter, the unspecified number of suspects were taken by the police for questioning,” he added.
Mr. Francis further acknowledged the damages and losses incurred in his business.
“Well, for now I can’t really tell all but as you can see damages from stuff like vegetables, fruits and other foodstuff I import from Egypt, Uganda and Kenya is worth five million SSP,” he concluded.
Meanwhile Maj. Gen. John Tomilyan Daniel the Acting Commissioner General for Fire Safety and Disaster Management from National Civil Defense Service explained how they managed to put off the fire with two vehicles of fire extinguishers prior to it escalating to more buildings.
“We got the information very late, but there is need for the public to call our contact 0922337744 which is functional for 24/7 hours,” he said.
However, the fire brigade deplores the lack of official system of communication technically termed as” communication device system for fire safety” which the Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and Postal Service would have provided. Adding that, it is an alarm to the public when they could not easily communicate with department of firefighters in the Country.
“Although we are coping with that phone number, there is a need of having communication device system set in place for firefighters. We are having challenges with this phone number because, sometimes when citizens call, they may get a person who carries the phone far away from equipment and this leads to some delay in rescuing the lives and properties of the citizens from the blaze”, he underscored.
Gen. Tomilyan appealed to the government to quickly response to their request of purchasing such gadgets for fire fighters as well as setting up the communication system.
“We are still waiting from our government the request of setting up communication system to serve properties of citizens from fire blazes”, he concluded.
In 2012 and early 2016 fire destroyed public restrooms and generators when and gutted down an area near Konyokonyo. The City Council then ordered Konyokonyo residents and businesses to build concrete buildings from scrap zinc or iron sheets which easily catch fire.