A FEROCIOUS fire outbreak has caused massive destruction to the upper floor of the two storey building in which the New Tafo Police in Kumasi operates.
The fire, said to have started around 11.00 pm last Wednesday, according to witnesses, was so fierce that it ripped off some parts of the roofing of the upper floor and in the process caused visible cracks on the building.
The fire as well destroyed properties including household items worth several millions of cedis belonging to inmates of the house, mostly relatives of the landlord.
The cause of the fire is not immediately known, but eyewitness reports indicate it might have been caused by a candle light since the upper floor was said to have been temporally disconnected from enjoying electricity due to the inmates' failure to pay their tariffs.
The fire, according to witnesses, was so severe that it forced the police personnel who operate at the ground floor of the building to temporally evacuate inmates of the cell to the Asawase Police cells for safety.
The fire lasted for almost two hours before it was eventually quenched by personnel of the Ghana Fire Service. Eyewitnesses however accused the Fire Service personnel of failing to answer swiftly to their distress call.
Briefing DAILY GUIDE, Chief Superintendent G. A. Mensah, the Manhyia Divisional and Operations Director, Ashanti Regional Police Command, said it was too early to ascertain the cause of the fire, promising that his outfit would do thorough investigations to unravel the actual cause of the disaster.
He explained that the police were using the ground floor of the house as offices, whilst the upper floor where the fire started was being occupied by the landlord and his relations.
According to him, none of his men was hurt and their documents were also not destroyed by the fire, and assured people in the metropolis that the police station was still in operation at the same premises. “Once the fire has been put off, we are safe to continue with our good works for the people.”
Chief Superintendent Mensah however sounded a word of caution to the populace to be extra careful when using candle, lantern and the likes, especially during the current harmattan season.From Fred J. A. Ibrahim Jnr., Kumasi