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Photos: Fire guts Asafo market again, over 200 shops affected

The Asafo Market in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, went up in flame for the second time within 24 hours, ravaging properties running into thousands of cedis.

Over 200 shops have been burnt into ashes in the second inferno that hit the market on Easter Sunday.

Read: Several shops burned in Asafo market inferno

This adds to three, the fire outbreaks that have been experienced in Kumasi in less than 72 hours.

Though the cause of the fires are yet to be established, victims suspect it could be arson.

3news.com’s Ibrahim Abubakar reports that personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service arrived at the fire scene just 10 minutes after the market caught fire but “access to the place was a major challenge to them”.

Had it not been that, the fire would have been brought under control to reduce the extent of damage caused, he reported.  They had arrived with three fire tenders.

The fire started around 8pm but as at 10pm the fire personnel were still battling the inferno.

Regional Fire Commander, ACFO Joshua Nguah, collaborated that his men were frustrated by the lack of access to the market.

Though he said preliminary investigation into the latest fire “gives cause to worry”, he would not disclose what they have gathered so far.

He was however hopeful the “fire would be conquered” by 11pm.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

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