Job 600 building sealed off for investigation into fire outbreak

Osei Kyei Mensah  Bonsu Majority Leader

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

The Job 600 building, the edifice which houses the offices of Members of Parliament, was cordoned off yesterday following the fire outbreak on the tenth floor on Tuesday.

Other administrative staff of Parliament who also have their offices on the 13-storey facility could also not access their offices.

Throughout the day, police and fire service personnel deployed from Parliament’s police and fire service stations were seen at the entrance of the magnificent building to prevent people from accessing the facility.

The decision to cordon off the facility was to ensure evidence of the fire outbreak was not tampered with.

Briefing the media in Parliament yesterday, Ms Kate Addo, the acting head of Public Affairs, Parliament, said preliminary investigations reveal that the fire started as a result of a faulty photocopier in one of the rooms.

Ms Addo said in the heat of the outbreak, at about 7pm on Tuesday, and based on the cursory consideration by officers of the fire service, it was recommended that the facility was safe to be occupied.

“But this morning, they informed us that they would want to do further works to ensure that not only is the place safe but the power fluctuation that may have led to the tripping in the particular machine had been resolved,” Kate Addo said.

She said the development department of Parliament, at the time of the briefing, was working with investigators to ensure that “by close of day today [yesterday], work should be complete for members and staff to use the facility.”

Meanwhile, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu told journalist that the closure of the facility prevented members from having access to some vital documents which were needed in the discharge of their duties.

He, however, said that as representatives of the people, they will improvise to carry out their mandated duties until the facility is declared safe for occupation.

By Julius Yao Petetsi & Abigail Owusuaa

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