Tragedy struck again as another popular market in Accra (Kaneshie) was hit by the fire on Sunday, December 20, 2020, with goods and properties left in ruins.
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.
District Officer grade 1 of the Ghana Fire Service in the municipality, Justice Agyee, confirming their inability to bring the fire under control said there was nothing his outfit could do without a fire tender.
So far, the cause of the fire is not immediately known.
The month of December has recorded major market fires across the country with the latest being that of the Kantamanto Market fire which ravaged thousands of shops.