Fire destroys part of Makola shopping center in Accra
Parts of the Makola Mall in Accra’s central business district were destroyed by fire in the morning on Sunday.
Hell completely burned down a few metal containers and a large store in the outer part of the mall, adjacent to the Ghana Electricity Company (ECG).
Mr Ellis Robinson Okoe, public relations manager of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) speaking to the Ghanaian news agency, said at around 7:24 a.m. that the service received a distress call from the mall the informing about the fire.
He added that the GNFS answered the call and arrived at the scene on time, bringing the blaze under control at 10:10 a.m.
Mr Okoe said the service was able to fully extinguish the fire by 11:18 a.m.
He said the fire completely burned down a small part of the mall that consisted of a department store and a few other metal containers.
Mr. Okoe said the challenge for GNFS was getting to the location, and the pressure from the hydrants around the area was low, as a result they had to travel to Farisco in Adabraka to get some water. water to fight hell.
He added that the service had the support of the military, police and water company in its fight to put out the blaze.
Mr Okoe said that Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the mayor of Accra, had formed a committee made up of GNFS, police, Ghana Water Company and ECG to investigate the cause and the circumstances leading up to when the fire starts.
Mr. Edwad Adjei Gyimah, a CBG Bank security guard at the Makola branch at the mall, said he noticed the fire between 7.15 a.m. and 7.20 a.m. and called the GNFS.
He said that before that they realized that the electricity in the area was cut off and it was then that they noticed that smoke was rising from the affected area.
He praised GNFS for getting to the scene early and successfully putting out the blaze, while preventing it from spreading to other parts of the building.
Ms Jessica Osei, one of the store owners affected by the fire, said she was totally confused because hell totally destroyed her store.
She said she sells jewelry, chains, ribbons, combs, and more, and finding capital to restart is going to be her main challenge.
Ms. Osei called on the government and other philanthropic organizations to come to their aid to enable them to restart their businesses which would ensure their survival in these difficult times.