The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has announced that 217 shops at the Kejetia Market where the fire outbreak occurred have been saved from complete devastation, as they begin an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.
According to them, some 30 shops which contained hardware materials and highly flammable solvents were completely damaged, with three other shops and their content partially destroyed.
“GNFS saves 217 shops and the contents from total fire ruins at the affected Kejetia Market and commences investigation to unravel the origin and cause of the fire. 30 shops used for the sale of hardware materials including carbide, turpentine, paints and other highly flammable solvents were extensively damaged. 3 shops and their contents in the affected portion of the market were also partially damaged by the ruinous fire.”
Meanwhile, the Fire Service said it took them three hours before they were able to put the fierce fire under control, saving hundreds of people who were trapped by the fire.
“It took 3 hours for the gallant and dexterous Firefighters to completely extinguish the raging fire at the affected portion of the Kejetia Market.
“Hundreds of Occupants were safely rescued and evacuated from the smoky and fire-ridden portion of the Kejetia market by the Firefighters and Rescuers at the time of the fire. 5 Civilian Casualties were recorded. 3 were treated on the spot and discharged by Personnel of the National Ambulance Service. The other 2 injured whose condition was critical are still receiving medical attention at the Manhyia Government Hospital and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital respectively,” a statement on Facebook said.