Report on Job 600 fire outbreak expected Monday as C’mttee gets to work

The Job 600 building at the premises of Parliament House in Accra

A technical committee is to be set up to look into the cause of the Tuesday night fire outbreak at the 10th floor of the Job 600 building, offices for parliamentarians, in Accra.

The said committee is expected to issue a report on the incident by Monday, July 24.

Chief Fire Officer, Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, who revealed on TV3 New Day Wednesday morning, explained “give us up to Monday, we should be able to come out with something”.

Prompt response from personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service saved the entire building from going up in flames Tuesday night.

But the cause of the fire outbreak is still unclear. No injury or loss of life has so far been reported.

Commenting on the incident Dr Gaisie said: “we are going to constitute technical committee to look into the cause of the fire and by Monday, they should be able to come out with their report.

“Yesterday [Tuesday], from the discussions that we had with the Interior Minister and his deputy, they are poised to assist us with logistics” he told Johnie Hughes.

Asked about how soon the Service require the said logistics, he responded: “even if I am to get it today, I wouldn’t mine. We need more equipment to fight fire in the country”.

High rise buildings

Though the Fire Service had earlier told Ghanaians it is handicapped in fighting fire above fifth floors, Dr. Gaisie said they are confronted with such situations, they improvise with the available resources to be able to bring the fire under control.

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“We mobilized to fight the fire. Whatever little we have, your ability to use to achieve result makes you an officer. Whatever the situation, we would have to deal with it” he said.

He explained “during such fires, power will not be there so we need not use elevator so we need turntable ladder to fight the fire.

“I believe as professionals, we need to find a way of fighting the fire from the 10th floor but if we had the turntable ladder, it will enhance our operations” he indicated.

Job 600 building, the post independence edifice, was constructed during the administration of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President to accommodate participants attending the OAU (now African Union) Conference held in Accra in 1965.

It was however completed by the erstwhile Mahama administration to be used as offices for parliamentarians and their supporting staff.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM||Ghana