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Kumasi: 33 suspects rounded up for starting Asafo, central market fires

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Kumasi Marjet fire

The police have arrested a total of 33 suspects said to have started the weekend's market fires at Asafo and the central market in Kumasi.

According to graphiconline, police sources in the area said some eyewitnesses claimed they saw some of the suspects throwing "fire bombs" into the Asafo market.

For three consecutive nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Asafo market and the Kumasi Central market were gutted by fire.

That of the Asafo Market happened on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday night following a similar incident at the Kumasi Central market on Friday night.

Property worth thousands of Ghana cedis were destroyed by the fires which all happened at night.

Fire Service personnel responded promptly and when Graphic Online visited the scene, they had placed three fire tenders at strategic positions and were trying to douse the fire.

 

Good Friday turns sour as fire destroys property at Kumasi Central Market

The secondhand clothing section at the Kumasi Central Market in the Dr Mensah area has been razed down by fire, destroying almost everything on site.

The cause of the fire which started around 10 pm on Good Friday is yet to be established.

An eye witness told Graphic Online that a security man on duty underrated the fire which started very small as he attempted to put it out himself.

He allegedly only resorted to the help of fire service personnel after it has escalated as passersby stood in awe.

The Ashanti Regional Fire Service Commander, ACFO Joshua Nguah, said people should learn to report fire cases early and stop underrating fires.

"I am sure if we had been called early enough the extent of damage would have been minimised."

Source: graphiconline

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