Kumasi Market Gutted Again

Kumasi Market On FireAnother blazing fire at the Kumasi Central Market razed down a number of shops and destroyed property worth thousands of Ghana Cedis yesterday.

It took personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service more than 12 hours to bring it under total control, as there were no thoroughfare to the market._

The fire, the second to be recorded in the market and the fourth within the Kumasi  metropolis this year, was said to have started at about 2: 30am at the popular  “Folks Line.”

There was no casualty, and police cordoned off the area to prevent any thefts. Some traders who attempted to salvage their wares, were also stopped by the police.

The affected traders, mostly women, threw themselves on the ground, wailing. Thick smoke billowed from part of the market where second-hand clothes and cooking utensils are sold, which made by-standers to believe the fire might have been caused some gas cylinders stored in some of the shops.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Philip Arhin Mensah expressed serious concern about the lack of access to the fire scene, and stressed the need to urgently address the problem.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, who visited the scene, together with the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Augustine Gyening, extended his sympathies to the victims, and gave the assurance that the government would find lasting solutions to the outbreaks of fire in the metropolis.

The latest fire outbreak comes at a time a team of experts have arrived in the country from the United States of America, to help unravel the causes of fires in the country.

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