Fire destroys shops, property in Kumasi

General News of Friday, 1 January 2016


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Raging fire whose cause is yet to be determined has razed down eight shops at Roman Hill, close to the Roman Catholic Basilica in Kumasi.

The fire which started at around 2 am on New Year’s Day, destroyed generators, water pumps, vehicles batteries, refrigerators and other expensive electrical goods.

Firemen at Manhyia which is about five minutes-drive from the fire scene looked on helplessly till fire fighters from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) arrived to put out the fire. This is because, according to one of the fire fighters, the fire tender at Manhyia “is out of commission”.

As at 6 am, the KNUST firemen were still battling the inferno.

Mr Kwadwo Antwi, a shop owner who spoke to Graphic Online said he lost 40 generators, 15 water pumps and accessories to the fire.

Although the firemen said it was too early to ascertain the cause of the fire, Mr Antwi was emphatic that it was sparked by electricity outages that hit Kumasi and its environs.

It is also suspected that because some of the generators had fuel in them, it sustained the fire and caused more harm.

As at 6:30am some affected shop owners were seen salvaging what they could.

Scrap dealers also found the unfortunate situation a great opportunity as they moved in to scavenge.

Assistant Station Officer, Joseph Minga, who headed the KNUST fire team, told Graphic Online that they received the distress call at about 2:35am.