Fire alarm saves Tema building

fire personnel at the scene of the incidence.But for the fire alarm which alert-ed the security personnel guarding the Denis House, a multi-storey building housing some corporate institutions in Tema, to respond quickly, the facility would have been razed down by fire on Sunday.

When The Ghanaian Times arrived at the scene at 6pm, there was smoke from the four-storey building with personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), trying to bring the situation under control.

One of the security men, told the Times that at about 4 p.m., he heard the fire alarm from the Surfline Office, an internet service provider  in the building located around the Old Meridian Hotel, and made a report to the authorities who called the GNFS.

The building also houses branch offices of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), GCNET and the UT Bank.

As at 8 p.m., the fire had been completely put out, but the cause was yet to be determined.

Addressing the media later, the Acting Head of Public Relations of the (GNFS), Divisional Officer III Ellis Robinson Oko, said his outfit received a distress call at 4 p.m. and immediately moved to the scene.

He said 30 personnel were dispatched to the area who managed to extinguish the fire with four fire tenders and two water tankers, with assistance from the GPHA.

He said when the GNFS arrived at the scene it observed that one of the rooms in the building was filled with smoke adding that “the matter is being investigated.”

The Branding and Communications Manager for Surfline, Mr. Edwin Amoako, said the office belonged to the company and housed its data centre.

According to him, the office had experienced some power outages, after which there was fluctuation and later the room was filled with smoke compelling them to evacuate the room, and added that an assessment would be done to see the way forward.

He said the company was working hard to ensure that the customers do not face any inconvenience, and assured that customers who lose their property would be duly compensated.

From Dzifa Tetteh,Tema

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