A 10-year-old boy, Courage Zehgban, was reportedly burned to ashes when fire gutted a store in Karnplay City, Nimba County on Tuesday.
The blaze also gutted merchandise valued over US$50,000, a source said.
Though the cause of the fire is yet to be established, eyewitnesses told the Liberia News Agency that the incident started at about 11:00 a.m. when they saw smoke coming from a refrigerator in the store.
According to them, the owner of the store, John Zehgban, who is also the Youth Chairman of the Gbehlay Geh Administrative District, left the store and his ill son Courage in the care of his brother-in-law to attend a development meeting.
They told LINA that rescuers would have saved little Courage but they were not informed that the 10-year-old was sleeping in a room prior to the escalation of the fire.
Karnplay City Mayor and head of the Municipal Council, Evelyn Gweh, suspended the Wednesday Market Day to sympathize with Zehgban, who is one of the influential local businessmen in the city.
Meanwhile, the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) Nimba County detachment says it has launched an investigation into the incident.