No casualty was, however, reported.
Speaking to press after the unfortunate incident, Sulayman Marong, a driver and mattress coverer, urged the government to come to their aid.
“I have been working here for over 13 years and I witnessed how helpful the factory has been to not only me but the country at large. The government should intervene and help the management to at least recover little loss.”
The cause of the fire, which started at about 4:00 to 5:00 a.m. could not be immediately established.
Nasser Foam Manufacturing & General Enterprises Gambia Co. Ltd. (NFMGE) is a wholesale and retail foam manufacturing company. The company imports bulk foam sheets which it manufactures locally into bed mattresses, chair seats and other sponge products.
The building was halfway falling due to the fire outbreak.
Momodou Jallow, an employee of the factory, in a statement, said: “On arrival at the above scene of the incident, it was discovered that the fire has gotten out of control.
The stressful Jallow said further: “I was called at 5:00 a.m. to be notified of the incident. We were unable to protect any property as everything was burnt to ashes. This shows how devastating the fire was. It is not only about us but the entire nation.”
Nasser Foam Factory does not only specialise in manufacturing and selling mattresses, they also sell vehicle tyre, engine oil and car batteries, among other vehicular items.