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Fire has ravaged over 40 shops at the Kumasi Central Market with property worth many Cedis destroyed by the inferno.
The section of the market where hand-made shoes and leather sellers pavilions are sited is claimed to possess been heavily suffering from Sunday night’s inferno.
Speaking on Akoma FM‘s morning show GhanAkoma Monday, April 19, Ashanti Regional PR 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 specific section of the central market [have been affected].”
He explained the most explanation for the hearth was a results of lightning during Sunday night’s downpour in Kumasi, triggering fluctuations in power and therefore the consequent fire outbreak.
“At about 10:00pm on Sunday, we had a distress signal , so our team rushed to the scene. Our major problem was access to the particular scene due to haphazard siting of outlets without proper roads and access routes.
“Nonetheless, our team maneuvered and managed the hearth from spreading. So at about 11:30pm, the hearth was quenched.”
Traders who are still counting their losses told 3news.com the hearth may be a big blow to them, calling on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and therefore the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to return to their aid.