Some firefighter putting out the inferno
Some prostitutes operating at Tutulane in Ashaiman have been rendered homeless following an inferno that gutted some of their structures on Thursday.
The fire, which began at about 11:30 am, razed down over 40 cubicles, which were being occupied by the sex workers, some with their children.
Condoms were seen all over the place after the fire destroyed electrical appliances, furniture, cooking utensils, among others.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known but some eyewitness, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, said the fire was caused by a prostitute who was smoking.
Others also mentioned that the fire was caused by a welder, who was working on a container which caused a spark.
Some prostitutes, whose lost properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis, were seen wailing at the scene with their friends consoling them. No casualty was recorded.
Two suspects were also arrested by the Ashaiman Police for allegedly looting cloths and property of the affected persons. They were detained at the Ashaiman District Police Headquarters.
Personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), who responded to the distress call, took over two hours to bring the fire under total control.
Divisional Fire Officer (DFO) III, Anthony Mawuko Semey, District Fire Service Commander in Ashaiman, said two fire engines from Ashaiman Main Fire and Tema Regional Fire Services and a water tanker were used to put out the fire.
According to him, it is too early to determine the cause of the fire but investigations would be launched into the incident.
He noted that the fire could have spread to other structures if not for the swift respond.
For his part, Chief Superintendent F.S. Adikah told DAILY GUIDE that the two suspects were arrested at the scene while his personnel were providing security.
According to him, the two suspects would be arraigned before court after investigations, adding that the items had been retrieved and would be used as exhibits during the prosecution.
Some residents also appealed to government to ensure complete eviction of the said prostitutes from the area, which is noted for harbouring hardened criminals in the municipality.
They were of the view that the female sex workers, mostly foreigners and some criminals have turned the area into their hideout.
From Vincent Kubi, Ashaiman