- Fire destroyed a densely populated area at Ritz Junction situated inside Madina in Accra
- The fire outbreak started around 11 pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and took at least five fire tenders to bring under control
- There have been previous inexplicable fires in the area and every time makeshift houses and shops are destroyed
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A late-night fire outbreak on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Ritz Junction an area in Madina, Accra, has destroyed shops and makeshift residences built predominantly with wood.
The cause of the fire that started around 11 p.m. is yet to be established, however, the area is heavily populated and the wooden houses are not properly sited.
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"The location is very close to the Fire Station at Madina, so our men were here in one minute," he said.
He said five fire tenders were used to bring the fire under control.
Shortly after the fire, there was a general power cut around the Ritz Junction area and adjoining areas. But after about an hour, power was restored.
Similar fire outbreaks have destroyed properties in the area
Meanwhile, this is not the first time fire has gutted structures at the place.
On Monday, January 30, 2023, a fire outbreak destroyed shops and haphazardly built structures at the slum-like location. The cause of that fire was also not established.
In that incident, four fire tenders were used to bring the fire under control.
Also, in November 2023 the same area was gutted by fire. Some residents have alleged that in the past the fires are deliberate to drive them away.
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