Fire destroys Kaneshie Market complex

The Kaneshie Market Complex was engulfed by fire which destroyed parts of the main building.

The fire, according to an eyewitness, started at about 11 pm on Saturday, December 19.

The cause of the fire is not known, but pictures of the market in flames have started pouring on social media.

This outbreak comes in just four days after a fire ravaged the Kantamanto market also in Accra.

The market serves thousands of residents in the Accra Metropolis and a central point of transaction for traders outside the capital.

2020 market fire outbreaks

The Tuesday night Kantamanto fire outbreak came barely 24 hours after an inferno gutted some shops in the Koforidua market.

Shops and various items were consumed by the inferno believed to have started around 10 am.

The blaze was reportedly caused by an electrical fault on the main power supply pole of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and spread to the nearby shops.

On November 18, a fire tore through thousands of shops at Odawna, a densely crowded market area in Accra, leaving traders to count their losses.


It was the second fire incident at the same market within 10 months.

No deaths or injuries were reported, but goods worth thousands of cedis were consumed by the inferno, according to eyewitnesses.

The Ashanti Region also has had its share of market fires on October 21.

A dawn fire swept through about 54 shops at the French Line section of the Kumasi Central Market, destroying properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis.

Kumasi fire

According to some victims, the fire started at about 2 am from one of the container shops and spread to other structures.

Items including empty sacks, cosmetic products as well as food ingredients were burnt in the fire.

Again in July 2020, fire swept through the Juaben Serwaa market in Koforidua in the Eastern Region destroying at least seven shops.

The dawn inferno consumed items worth thousands of cedis.

Some traders trooped to the market centre when news of the fire outbreak got to them.

The traders attempted to salvage some of their wares from their shops.

The Juaben Serwaa Market is the second-largest and populated market centre in the New Juaben South Municipality.



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