A fire which started during the wee hours of Thursday July 22, 2021 burnt four  shops and destroyed properties running into millions of Ghana cedis as owners looked on helplessly at KBT area of Ashaiman Official Town.
Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) were on the scene to douse the raging flames.
The fire has destroyed items including a barbering salon, a second- hand clothing and cooking utensils shop, a tailoring shop stocked with new industrial machines belonging to a disabled person and a boutique, wheelchairs among others.
Some affected victims who spoke to Original News’ Tema Correspondent, Augustine Ahiabor narrated their ordeal and how much has been lost to the fire.
Joyce Koletey who sells second- hand clothing and cooking utensils who couldn’t hide her tears narrated that;
“I was called this dawn around 2 am that my shop is on fire and I have lost everything. Things amounting to GH25,000 (bedsheets, footwears, wheelchairs, shirts, blenders including money) and everything is brunt to ashes. Please help me, I have no light inside but I don’t know the cause of the fire, government should please help me so my children and I can also eat. I went for loans to start the business”.
Another victim, Eunice Sarpeh who owns a unisex boutique said that;
“I was called around 3am that my shop is on fire. I have lost everything so anyone who can help with anything should please come to my aid”.
On his part, the Assembly member for the area, Nii Ayiku Kabutey expressed worry as he alleged that, any time there’s a fire outbreak in his area and he calls on NADMO officials for assistance they do show any concern.
“I was called around 3 am that there’s a fire outside in my area. But I got heartbreaking when I arrived at the scene because traders who feed on their business have lost everything”.
He added that, “the problem we are facing is, for about 3 or 4 years ago, NADMO always comes to make promises when there’s a fire outbreak but no support comes from government. We are appealing to government to come to our aid because the suffering traders pay property rate and taxes but they receive no support when in trouble”.
He promised that, “I will visit the fire office later in the day to get the cause of the fire outbreak”.
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By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana