8 shops gutted by fire in Sekondi market

Some shops destroyed by the fire

Some shops destroyed by the fire

Eight shops were burnt into ashes when fire raided the Sekondi market, at Wednesday dawn.

The fire, which started at about 3.21am, was put under control after an hour by two fire tenders from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) headquarters at Fijai.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire was reportedly caused by a faulty meter at a corn mill near a meat shop or from an overloaded electricity service pole behind the market.

Cost of damage is still unknown but, shop owners are still counting their losses, following the loss of their goods.

The Superintendent at the Sekondi market, Madam Anita Mensah, who expressed shock at the extent of the fire, said fire had not occurred in the market for the past 10 years.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the Western Regional Command, of the GNFS, Assistant Divisional Officer (ADO), Emmanuel Bonney, told The Ghanaian Times that firemen had began investigations into the cause of fire.

“We are still conducting our investigations to know the cause, the extent of the damage and cost, after we have invited the affected shop owners,” he added.

He advised the public including shop owners and residents to remove or disconnect all gadgets and appliances from sockets before they close from work or leave home as they could cause fires.

Prevention, he added, was the best way to avoid fires at homes and business premises.

From Clement Adzei Boye, Sekondi

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