Fire destroys homes in Kyiribaa Berekum

Source The Ghana Report

A fire outbreak in Kyiribaa, a suburb of Berekum in the Bono Region, engulfed three bedrooms, a kitchen, a store, and a bathroom.

The fire, which started on Friday dawn, left over 10 tenants homeless.

According to an eyewitness, Nora Agyei Yamoah, when the fire started, she quickly informed her grandmother.

However, she said the fire had already spread significantly when they sought help from the fire service.

Some tenants reported losing everything in their rooms, including money, certificates, and other valuable items.

Some attributed the fire outbreak to frequent power outages (‘dumsor’) in the area and urged the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to make the needed change.

The Ghana National Fire Service is still investigating to ascertain the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has disclosed that a total of 5,256 fire outbreaks were recorded between January and November this year.

The service also attended to 532 road traffic accidents, with a total of 2,557 injuries and 263 deaths recorded.

The figure represents a 4.92 per cent decrease as compared to the recorded 5,530 fire outbreaks within the same period in 2022.

The Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Julius Kuunuor, disclosed this at the climax of the 60th anniversary, festival of nine lessons and carols, and thanksgiving service of the GNFS held in Accra.

He attributed the decline to the public fire safety education initiatives conducted nationwide by the service, which resulted in the protection of properties worth millions of cedis.

Mr Kuunuor said the service performed fire safety audits and inspections in 14,157 public and residential premises, aligning with established fire safety standards to guarantee the well-being of occupants.

The CFO emphasised the responsibility of the public in avoiding misuse of emergency services as the service recorded 656,591 prank calls (false alarms) in the year.

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