sources have informed The Point that a fire outbreak occurred at the Old Yundum
Market on Wednesday around 1 am.
The cause of the fire was yet to be established but many believe it was caused by electrical failure and the refuse heaped at the dumpsite around the market.
Speaking to the Alkalo of Old Yundum, Moudou Fye, thanked the police attached to Old Yundum Police Station for their quick response to the disaster.
He said without the quick response of police on night patrol, the fire could have caused serious damages to properties of the vendors at the market.
Mr Fye explained that while he was at home he received a phone call that there was a fire outbreak, adding that after visiting the scene he noticed that there were no damages.
He said for the past months the dumpsite has not been cleared by the institution responsible and it was a cause for public concern.
He commended the Brikama Area Council for handing over the market to his community for proper management.
Mr Fye cited that since Brikama Area Council was now blessed with trucks, there was need for them to collect the waste at the Old Yundum Market.
“We are very much concerned about the security of the market and its cleanness,” he said, adding that without proper health, there would be no meaningful development.
For his part, the chairman of the Village Development Committee of Old Yundum, Alfusainey Jallow, thanked the police patrol team for their commitment to duty.
He said that the fire outbreak could have caused damages at the market but thanks to their intervention.
He expressed great concern over the rubbish that was being indiscriminately disposed of by residents and called on the Brikama Area council to seriously consider the health of the people.