A report on April 18 around 8:00pm says, fire has destroyed over twenty shops at central market in Kumasi.
Firefighters spent hours trying to bring the situation under control but to no avail.
Persons who has their shops close3 to the section of the market caught fire rushed to the scene to retrieve what they could.
Alhassan Idris who witnessed the situation report that: ”I was asleep when i heard of the fire outbreak at the kumasi central market. I rushed there and it was true that there was fire outbreak. So i tried to help to contain the fire. As of the time i came to the market, I was desperate to help put out the fire so i didn’t really ask what caused it.
AFCO Henry Giwah, the Ashanti regional Deputy Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service who spoke to the media, complained about the challenges they faced trying to access the scene of the fire.
”We received a distress call around 8:48 pm that there was a fire outbreak at the central market, so we quickly send off our men. When they arrived, they saw that the whole place had been engulfed by the fire, affecting about 27 shops. So they tried to confine it so that it would not spread further. Accessibility is always a problem here. It’s a bog problem. The interference from the traders was not also good. Leather and turpentine products were involved so when you put out fire, before you realise it has reignited,”he said.
The cause of the fire is yet to be known.