Fire razes down part of Wood Market in Kumasi

Fire razes down part of Wood Market in Kumasi

-Fire has destroyed over millions of cedis of property in Kumasi

-Almost 8 Sheds have been razed to the ground by the flames

-The affected business owners are calling on government to come to their aid

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There has been a fire outbreak at Sokoban Wood Village in the heart of Ashanti Region, Kumasi, destroying merchandise in the sum of some two million Ghana cedis Friday dawn.

Fire razes Wood Market in Kumasi

Aftermath of fire (Photo Credit: Ultimatefmonline.com)

The inferno which is believed to have started late in the evening of June 29 continued to burn and destroy properties at the wood market until the early hours of June 30.

It took the help of five fire engine trucks to control the fire and eventually douse it.

In an interview with Ivan Heathcote- Fumador of Kumasi-based Ultimate News, an Executive member of the Logs and Lumber Sellers Association, Adom Nyamaa said that they were notified of the fire outbreak at around 10 P.M Thursday evening by night watchmen after they had closed from work. When the alarm was raised, many of the business owners who owned sheds in the Wood village rushed to the scene to help put out the fire but the flames had already gotten out of control.

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They then alerted the Ghana National Service in the region who arrived with fire trucks and salvaged the situation. According to Adom Nyamaa, wooden property and equipment worth over 2 million Ghana Cedis has been lost in the flames.

The fire is said to have affected about eight sheds in the Sokoban Wood Village burning everything in the sheds to ashes.

The Wood Village however has over six hundred and thirty seven sheds occupied by carpenters, machine operators and wood sellers who offer lumber services to customers in the locality. The damage would have been more had it not been for the timely intervention of the Ashanti Regional Fire Service Command Adom Nyamaa added.

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They had been recently relocated from the Anloga Wood Village to their current location in Sokoban.

The cause of the fire outbreak is yet to be determined.

The victims of the fire outbreak are calling on the government to come to their aid by giving them financial support to push into their business after the accident.

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