1 die in Darkuman Kokompe Spare Parts Market fire

A 45-year-old man is reported dead in a fire that gutted the Darkuman Kokompe Spare Parts Market in Accra on Saturday evening.

The fire, which started at about 10 p.m., destroyed vehicle spare-parts including car engines, doors, tyres, bonnets and exhaust pipes all estimated at thousands of cedis.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times in Accra, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the GNFS, Prince Billy Anaglatey, said investigations were ongoing to ascertain the exact cause.

He explained that the victim was electrocuted to death when he tried to get a fallen electric wire off the street.

Mr. Anaglatey said though the Fire Service had difficulties in reaching the scene on time due to obstructions and poor access, it was able to bring the fire under control around midnight.

Eric Agbekey, a spare parts dealer, told The Ghanaian Times that he had lost his entire shop and goods worth hundreds of cedis as a result of the fire.

He said security personnel engaged to watch the place could not tell the cause of the fire neither were they able to quench it when it started.

“They told us that the fire started like a bomb blast and spread to other nearby shops consuming lots of vehicle spare parts and goods”, he said.

Stanley Adomako, a shop owner, called on the city authorities to get rid of all unauthorised structures at markets that made it very difficult for firemen to get to fire outbreak scenes.

By Charles Amankwa  

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