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11.03.2009 Regional News



Fire has gutted some two shops in Ho near the OLA Senior High School in the Ho Central Constituency. The fire which started in the early hours of Sunday, March 8, 2009 AT ABOUT 10:00hrs GMT has destroyed property running into thousand of Cedis. The fire believed to have started around 10:00am was spotted by one Elikplim Dotsey, 29, a resident in the area. According to the eye-witness, he saw a trailing smoke emanating from between the two shops namely, GOD DEY ENTERPRISE, a supermarket which deals in dairy, confectionary and other products; and SHAMPOO HOUSE, dealers in hair and cosmetic products.

The eye-witness, Elikplim says, he estimated the fire to be something he could quench easily but his attempt to put it off seemed effortless. A taxi driver with registration number GR 9577 H, AGBEKO DORDOE, 30, also spotted the fire. He brought out the fire extinguisher from his taxi cab to quench the fire but it was spreading rapidly so he threw the fire extinguisher that should it explode, it will put off the fire but unfortunately, it failed also, he narrated. Still narrating the incident, he called the attention of Fire Service Personnel who rushed to the scene. The Fire Personnel who rushed to the scene took about 1 hour 30 minutes before the fire was completely put out.

Mr. Stephen Kpai, owner of the GOD DEY ENTERPRISE (known popularly as Ebiloo), revealed that, he came around the shop around 9:30am on the day of the incident only to be called about some 30 minutes later that there was a fire outbreak at his store. He came around and saw Fire Service Personnel battling out the fire destroying the two shops. According to information that him reached, the fire is said to have sparked from between the two shops that is his store, GOD DEY ENTERPRISE and SHAMPOO HOUSE, the cosmetic shop whose owner is Mercy Kasu. He expressed shock at the incident estimating the cost of damage to be about GH¢60,000 (¢600,000,000). Almost everything including electric gadgets like refrigerator all burnt down into what can be describable as ashes.

The uncle to Mercy Kasu, owner of SHAMPOO HOUSE, Mr. Simon Kasu, who is a Rtd. Chief Spt. Of Police who spoke to newsmen says, the cause of the fire per information known to him was unknown but “it was believed to have sparked from between the two stores” destroying property in the cosmetic shop running into millions of Cedis. He however commended the Fire Service Personnel in Ho for their rather quick response.

Tracing information from Fire Service Personnel, Mr. Kataku Michael, Operational Officer for the incident also confirmed that, the actual cause of the fire was still unknown as at the time this report was being covered, and that further investigations will be conducted to ascertain the cause of the fire which destroyed the two stores.

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