The Ghana National Fire Service has begun investigations into the cause of fire that burnt some 31 new vehicles at Stallion Industries and Investment Company warehouse, a Qatarian company situated at the Heavy Industrial Area in Tema.
Thirty new salon and SUV cars were burnt besides 14 other vehicles which were damaged as a result of the heat that emitted from the fire, which occurred on New Year’s Day – January 1.
The firefighters took several hours to bring the fire – which started at about 3pm – under control after some Hyundai and Honda cars imported by the company had been destroyed.
As a result of the intensity of the fire, three additional fire engines were deployed from the Tema Regional Fire Service, TOR and Ashaiman as backups to help put out the inferno.
Prince Billy Anaglate, Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), explained to DAILY GUIDE that his outfit received a distress call at 3:35 pm and the first fire engine arrived three minutes later.
‘The Service responded to a distress call around 3:35 pm and within three minutes, the first fire engine from Industrial Area Station of the GNFS arrived at the scene to fight the fire,’ he stated.
Mr Anaglate said the team finally extinguished the fire at about 8:05 pm as investigation had been initiated into the incident to ascertain the cause of the fire.
However, he said the actual cause and estimated losses had yet to be determined as the case was being investigated.
There were no injuries or loss of life, he added.
Official of the company told DAILY GUIDE that a security officer on duty spotted smoke emitting from the car park.
He added that the officer rushed to the park only to discover that one of the cars was burning. ‘We in the beginning attempted using our fire extinguishers to put out the fire but could not and quickly called in the fire service who were excellent in putting out the fire,’ he pointed out.
The workers of the facility who arrived at the scene looked on helplessly, as the fire was raging on.
FROM Vincent Kubi, Tema
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