Fire guts 13-bedroom apartment in the Kwabre-East District

By
Gideon Peprah, GNA

Ahwiaa-Overseas
(Ash), Jan 28, GNA – Property worth millions of Ghana Cedis and some
unspecified amount of cash in dollars, on the morning of January 28, got burnt
to ashes, when a 13-bedroom apartment at Ahwiaa-Overseas in the Kwabre-East
Municipality of Ashanti, was ravaged by fire.

There were no deaths
as none of the occupants was at home during the incident, however household
items and important personal documents such as television sets, fridges,
electric fans, passports, Ghana cards and personal effects, got lost to the
fire.

The latest incident
is the third in one month, when the same location witnessed household fires
with the first occurring on 7th December, 2019, the second, on the 11th of the
same month.

Mr Agyei Fofie, the
Kwabre-East Municipal Fire Officer who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at
the scene said the harm had already been done when fire officers got
information about the outbreak around 0745 hours and immediately moved to the
scene to douse the fire.

He said the cause of
the fire was not immediately known, but promised to launch an investigations to
ascertain the actual cause.

Meanwhile, Mr
Anthony Senya, the Kwabre East Municipal Director of the National Disaster
Management Organisation (NADMO), also speaking to the GNA at the scene advised
landlords and private developers to engage professional electricians to work on
their projects.

The NADMO Director
expressed worry at the growing spate of domestic fires in the area despite his
outfit’s intensified sensitisation programmes in the Municipality.

Meanwhile, Mr Senya
has promised to provide the fire victims with mattresses, pending an
investigation to quantify the extent of the loss to enable NADMO provide the
necessary support.

The tenants, looking
distraught and still counting their losses, said they still could not
understand how the house caught fire with no evidence of any inflammable
material like gas cooker, neither was there any electricity fault.

Some of them were
seen wailing bitterly over the incident, which left them homeless and stranded.

“Our entire
property plus millions of cedis and dollars have burnt into ashes. We are
astonished about the mysterious outbreak that has left us devastated”,
they lamented.

Some of the burnt
dollars were seen scattered at the fire scene.

GNA