Fire outbreak kills fireman at Accra

An Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) was burnt to death when fire engulfed his apartment at Laterbioshie, in Accra yesterday.

The deceased, Divisional Officer Grade II (DOII), John Hammond, 53, who works at the Accounts Department at the headquarters, was reportedly trapped in the fire which occurred at 4am.

DOII Hammond was reported to have been sick for some time now and had his leg amputated.

The deceased was in the house with the wife and two children when the tragedy occurred.

Items running into several hundreds of cedis were also destroyed by the raging fire.

A co-tenant, Mr Henry Lamptey, who witnessed the incident told The Ghanaian Times that, he heard shouts for help and rushed out only to see the deceased’s room engulfed by fire.

He said neighbours rushed in to assist to quench the fire and the deceased was rescued by fire personnel and rushed to the hospital.

The Head of Communication of the GNFS, Prince Billy Anaglatey told The Ghanaian Times his outfit received a distress call and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene to quench the fire.

He said investigations revealed that the deceased wife, Madam Rose Brown woke up around 4am and saw smoke in the hall.

Mr Anaglatey said Madam Rose  informed the husband of the smoke and he asked her to evacuate the children from the room and that he would follow them.

He said the deceased got trapped in the fire but was rescued by the Fire Personnel and rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital from where he was transferred to the 37 Military Hospital, but died of suffocation on arrival.

He said the body has since been deposited at the Police Hospital mortuary for autopsy.

Mr Anaglatey said investigations into the cause of fire was ongoing.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi



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