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Kumasi Market Razed Down Again


Dejected-looking traders standing in the debrisPROPERTIES WORTH several thousands of Ghana cedis got destroyed following a ferocious fire outbreak at the ancient Kumasi Central Market in the early hours of January 2, 2010.

Among the items that were consumed by the ferocious flames include cloths, bottles, medicine, cosmetics among others, DAILY GUIDE gathered.  

Luckily, no casualties were recorded by the fire which started around 2:00 am and lasted for many hours before it was quenched by fire fighters.

The cause of the inferno was not known as at the time of filing the report, but observers did not rule out electrical fault.

When DAILY GUIDE visited the scene on Saturday morning, petrified market women that had lost their wares were seen wailing uncontrollably.  

An eyewitness who gave his name as Kwame said the fire started around the 31st December area of the big market and moved towards the other parts.

According to him, they informed fire fighters who swiftly responded to their distress call “but they could not douse the fire immediately because the market’s slapdash layout made access to the place difficult.”

Parts of the Kumasi Central market, known as ‘18mu’, was gutted by a ferocious fire last year and despite promises by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to reconstruct the market to avert the reoccurrence of disaster, nothing has been done.

Meanwhile, Samuel Sarpong, the KMA Boss, is reported to have re-echoed his desire to rebuild the market this year during a visit to the disaster zone on Saturday morning.

On his part, the Ashanti Regional Commander of Police, DCOP Patrick Timbillah, said investigations into the matter were underway.

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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