Ghana has recorded about 3301 fire outbreaks within the first quarter of the year against 3870 for the same period last year.
This is according to the public relations officer for the Ghana national fire service (GNFS) DO II Ellis Okoe Robinson who added that over GHS 24 million worth of property were as well destroyed by these fires.
The Divisional Officer said the destructions were from over three thousand fire incidents recorded for the first six months of 2021 which cost the country about 24.17 million cedis as compared to the 20.7 million cedis last year. He added that more than half of this year’s infernos were domestic fires. Mr Robinson iterated that in spite of the increase in fire safety education, cooking, illegal electric wiring at market facilities without firefighting equipment, smoke detectors and others have resulted in the surge of the number of cases recorded so far.
The PRO further blamed the electricity company of Ghana, the Ghana Water Company and the Local Assemblies for refusing to take up their roles to bring sanity into the country and for hindering the progress of the service. The Ashanti Region has recorded the highest number of fire outbreaks of 613 followed closely by the greater Accra region with 428 and the Oti Region recorded the lowest with 22 fire outbreaks respectively.
These incidents have claimed 154 lives and 1084 persons sustained various degrees of injuries. 403 bushfires were also recorded in the same period.
Meanwhile, in the early hours of Saturday 14th August, another fire broke out in Makola where the fire service was called in at around 7:24 am but arrived at 7: 36am citing accessibility, congestion on the road and low pressure of hydrant as the cause for arriving late. The fire razed down a few mid-shift metal containers and a shop. Mr Robinson had said