- Fire has ravaged sections of a mini market at KNUST
- Authorities of the university debunked claims the fire also burnt the Republic Hall
- This mini market fire adds on to major fires recorded since December
The early morning of Sunday saw a fire outbreak ravage part of a market sited behind the Republic Hall of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the early hours of Sunday.
This comes a day after fresh men checked into the hall of residence. Food items and other property running into thousands of cedis were destroyed by the fire. University Relations Officer Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe told Joy News the main hall remains intact.
“KNUST security called the fire unit and reported a fire outbreak being the Republic Hall. The fire tender unit moved in quickly to put the fire under control. As they did so, management of the university evacuated students of the Republic Hall to ensure their safety until the fire was doused. No student nor their properties was destroyed or affected by the fire,” he stated.
Meanwhile, he has denounced claims that the Republic Hall is burnt as being churned out on social media.
“The Republic Hall of KNUST is not burnt. Let me place this on record. The Republic Hall is safe. Students have not in any way been affected by the fire,” he insisted.
Spike in market fires
A number of markets including Odawna and Kantamanto have all been gutted by fire over the last few weeks, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has assured that investigations are currently ongoing to ascertain the causes.
The outbreak happened at dawn with several wares feared to have been lost to the inferno. This is the first time in years for this prime market to catch fire – considering the tight safety protocol and market surveillance there.
This brings to a total of 5 market fires in Ghana in December alone. So far, the cause of the fire is unknown. But traders suspect arson.
Another fire outbreak was earlier reported at the Asankragwa Main Market in the Amenfi West Municipality of the Western Region which razed down four stalls and other properties worth thousands of cedis on Friday night.
The disaster, according to eyewitnesses, was brought under control after two hours by residents. Some of the eyewitnesses who have been speaking to journalists said the Ghana Fire Service in the Municipality looked on helpless as the fire razed down the stores as a result of a broken-down fire tender for the past six months.
The vice president of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has visited the scene of the fire outbreak which destroyed parts of Kantamanto Market in Accra.
Affected traders of the disaster are counting their losses especially when the majority of them have no insurance policy to fall on in these troubling times.
Fire accidents are becoming rife across market centers in the country. Many say the buck stops at Insurance companies who often decide not to insure market centers.
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