Over 40 shops destroyed by fire at Kumasi Central Market

Fire has ravaged over 40 shops at the Kumasi Central Market with property worth millions of Cedis destroyed by the inferno. The section of the market where hand-made shoes and leather sellers pavilions are sited is said to have been heavily affected by Sunday night’s inferno. Speaking on Akoma FM‘s morning show GhanAkoma Monday, April 19, Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana National Fire Service, DOIII Acquah Desmond, told host Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “preliminary investigation revealed 40 out of 48 shops within that particular section of the central market [have been affected].” He explained the main cause of the fire was a result of lightning during Sunday night’s downpour in Kumasi, triggering fluctuations in power and the consequent fire outbreak. “At about 10:00pm on Sunday, we had a distress call, so our team rushed to the scene. Our major problem was access to the actual scene because of haphazard siting of shops without proper roads and access routes. “Nonetheless, our team maneuvered and managed the fire from spreading. So at about 11:30pm, the fire was quenched.” Traders who are still counting their losses told 3news.com the fire is a big blow to them, calling on the the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to come to their aid. By Nana Asenso Mensah|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana

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