Man, 68, burnt to death in building

•   The burnt building.                Photo:  Anita Nyarko

• The burnt building. Photo: Anita Nyarko

A 68-year-old man was burnt to death on Sunday night, when his three bedroom apartment got burnt at Bubiashie, in Accra.

The charred body of Ransford Addo, a signwriter, was later discovered   behind his door by the police and deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for autopsy.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that there was a funeral of a relative in the house that fateful day, and Addo, who was allegedly drunk, entered his room with a candle he had earlier bought.

The Ghanaian Times on reaching the scene the following day, found that his family members had gathered at the house with some weeping and others discussing the tragedy.

A cousin of the deceased, Madam Anum said they were all in the house after the funeral of a relative on Sunday. They retired to bed about 11 p.m., but later heard shouts for help, and when they got out, they saw Addo’s apartment on fire.

She said they called the Fire Service who came to help in quenching the fire.

When the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Prince Billy Anaglatey, was contacted, he said, it took 10 fire fighters using two fire tenders, two hours to put out the fire.

He said information gathered revealed that there was no electricity connection to the deceased’s apartment.

He said the cause of fire was being investigated.

By Anita Nyarko

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