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17.01.2009 General News

Police rendered homeless

By Daily Guide
Police rendered homeless
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Police personnel at Obuasi in the Ashanti region have been rendered homeless following a fire outbreak in their quarters at Akaporiso, a suburb of Obuasi, last Friday.

The fire, which razed down the entire quarters destroying property worth several thousands of Ghana Cedis, started at about 11 a.m. that fateful day.

Though the cause of the fire is not yet known, it is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

According to an eyewitness, Inspector Charles Appiah-Kubi, at about 11 a.m. that day, he heard people screaming and went to find out what was happening only to witness a thick smoke coming from the quarters.

He said he immediately called the Fire Service in the municipality for assistance but was told by officers at the fire station that they could not come because their only vehicle for operation had developed a mechanical fault.

He continued that he then called the Fire Service Department of AngloGold Ashanti which came rather late, explaining that they arrived late because supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were celebrating their party's victory on the street.

Inspector Appiah-Kubi indicated that the affected police officers now have to put up with friends and relatives for the time being.

Confirming the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the Obuasi Divisional Police Commander, Superintendent Owuahene Agyei Acheampong, indicated that he had notified the regional command about the tragedy.

He, however, expressed the hope that accommodation would soon be provided for the police officers to enable them carry out their duties effectively.

The Divisional Commander appealed to individuals and corporate entities to assist the service in addressing the accommodation problem as soon practicable.

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