Over 134 persons have lost their homes after fire destroyed 34 thatched houses at Ative-Korfeyie, a farming community in the Ketu North district of the Volta Region.
According to residents, the incident, which occurred at about 1pm last Wednesday, was caused by hunters who set fire to a nearby bush to trap some animals and kill them.
The timely intervention of the personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service from Akatsi and Dzodze brought the fire under control and prevented it from destroying the entire community.
A victim who was grateful to the fire fighters said, “They arrived quite early and they did very well.” She noted that it took the personnel close to four hours to put out the fire.
Some of the affected victims told DAILY GUIDE that the fire destroyed their properties as well as farm produce.
A victim who gave his name as Sefakor said: “All our things, including clothes, food items, utensils, roofing sheets, even maize that we have harvested, have been destroyed by the fire.”
Fortunately, no casualty was recorded as majority of the residents were on their farms at the time of the incident. The affected residents have been provided temporary shelter in a nearby vocational school by officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) as they arrange relief items for them.
Meanwhile, the Volta Regional Fire Commander, ACFO Mawusi Sarpong, has led a delegation from the regional headquarters to visit the community. He advised the residents to create fire belts not only around their farms, but around their homes as well to prevent fire from destroying their properties.
ACFO Sarpong was grateful to her officers for rising up to the occasion and bringing the fire under control on time.
From Fred Duodu, Ho ([email protected])