VIDEO: Another massive fire hits Asafo Market within 24hrs

Eyewitnesses watched on helplessly as the fire spread in the market
Eyewitnesses watched on helplessly as the fire spread in the market

Fire fighters are battling another wild fire at Asafo Market in Kumasi, eyewitnesses say.

This is the second time in less than 24 hours that the market is experiencing a fire outbreak. gathers that the fire started at exactly 7:45pm Sunday night near a popular hotel facility close to the market.

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It is not immediately known what caused the fire but reports say more fire tenders have been dispatched to the scene to douse the inferno.

Properties running into hundreds of thousands of Ghana Cedis are estimated to have been razed down.

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“We came to meet an inferno” – Fire Commander

The Ashanti Regional Fire Commander, ACFO Joshua Nguah, has called for an intensified patrol at nights following a spate of fire outbreaks at major markets.

He said it will be too early to suspect foul play, however, he said the magnitude of fire is a cause for concern.

“I don’t want to jump into conclusion… the obstruction within the market is a challenge,” Nguah told the media. “We really need to intensify the market patrols.”

Late Saturday, the first fire struck, razing shops and leaving affected traders helpless as they count their loses. The fire destroyed mainly the shoemakers arena and some part of the meat marketing shops close to the main entrance opposite the Asafo overhead bridge, the state-owned Daily Graphic reported.

The late Saturday night fire brought down at least 200 shops with other temporary warehouses.

Market fires

On Good Friday, there was another fire at the Kumasi Central Market in the same Ashanti region destroying a lot of properties amounting to hundreds of thousands of Ghana Cedis.

The fire at the Kumasi Central Market
The fire at the Kumasi Central Market

In October 2018, about 50 stalls were razed down at French line, an area within the Kumasi Central Market in the Ashanti region.

Corn mill machines, bags of beans, bags of pepper, rubbers, clothes, earrings, and others were burnt in the inferno. A traditional cuisine restaurant and drinking bar were also gutted by the fire.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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