Agona Swedru Melcom Fire: Latest Updates
12/23/2012 8:54:22 AM -
Citi News can confirm that the Apam, Breman Asikuma, Budumburam and Kasoa divisions of the Ghana Fire Service have joined the Winneba and Swerdu divisions in attempts to stop a further spread of fires that engulfed the Melcom Shopping Centre in Agona Swedru.
The fire, according to Eric Kwasi Baah Asifunu, a reporter, intensified after 21.00 GMT after workers had locked up for the day.
He indicated that around 20.00 GMT, smoke was seen rising from the furniture section of the store located in an area called Mandela.
He pointed out that as the fire intensified, the assistance of the fire service in the area was sought.
No casualties have so far been recorded.
An eyewitness, Dominic Ash-Deon, who operates an internet cafe opposite the shopping centre told citifmonline.com, the Agona Swedru division of the Ghana Fire Service complained of inadequate water when they initially arrived at the scene.
He pointed out however, that reinforcement was called in to assist with rescue efforts.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established.
The Melcom disaster
The Melcom Group of companies has recently suffered some disaster with the biggest incident being the collapsing of their 6-storey Achimota shopping branch on Wednesday 7 November, 2012.
According to a preliminary report on the Melcom disaster by an eleven member committee set up by the Ghana Institute of Engineers, it was discovered substandard materials were used in the construction of the collapsed building.
The incident trapped over 80 persons mostly workers of Melcom, claimed 14 lives, injured 67 persons and left one staff of Melcom still unaccounted for.
The tragic incident was reported to have occurred around 9:45am on Wednesday November 7, when the workers of Melcom were having their daily morning devotion.
All six floors of the building collapsed to the ground.
Passers by and residents of the area, with no formal training, rushed to the accident site to help with rescue efforts.