A ship named Brenda Collette went up in flames this morning at the Tiko wharf in the south west region of Cameroon. The fire has consumed goods worth millions of francs CFA. The ship anchored at the wharf last night after arriving from Nigeria but caught fire early this morning. The cause of the incident is still to be established.
No human lives were lost in the incident but the vessel bunt completely into ashes. Eyewitnesses say the late arrival of fire fighters at the scene facilitated the complete burning of the ship.
Fire fighters called from Douala to put out the fire arrived at the scene when it was already too late; the ship loaded to the brim with goods worth millions of FCFA had been razed completely.
Many have decried the absence of a fire fighting brigade in the entire South West region; perhaps the damage wouldn’t have been enormous if there was a fire brigade nearby or in a neighboring town.
Brenda Collette owned by ACHOUKA is the biggest ship at the Tiko wharf and transports goods and people to neighboring Calabar in Nigeria, Malabo in Equatorial Quinea and Cotonou in Benin.
In the meantime, investigations have been opened to establish the cause of the fire.