Wild fire is currently consuming the residence of former President, Yahya Jammeh at his home village in Kanilai, The Chronicle has confirmed.
Major Lamin Sanyang, the spokesperson of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), said the fire is still raging though there have been no reported casualties.
“According to the Commanding Officer of Kanilai Battalion, Lt. Col. Ebrima Krubally, the fire started last night from the Alla Kunda end. They’ve battled with it, were able to overcome it and they eventually went to bed, just for it to restart this morning.”
“They have been battling it since morning until this afternoon…but the fire was able to enter the former president’s compound,” Major Sanyang told The Chronicle.
He said although there were no casualties, the big tree that was planted inside, some story buildings, along with four other houses have all caught fire. The mini stadium where festivals were usually held during Jammeh’s presidency has also been damaged by the fire.
The Gambia Fire and Rescue Services (GFRS) and the residents of Kanilai, particularly the Woni area, have all joined hands to put out the fire but to no avail.
The Chronicle will keep you updated with the latest on this story.