Over twenty shops have been destroyed by fire at the Kumasi Central Market.
The fire which started around 8:00 pm on Sunday, April 18, 2021, spread through other shops including the area where local cobblers ply their trade.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. Firefighters spent hours trying to bring the situation under control.
Persons whose shops were located close to the section of the market which caught fire rushed to the scene to pick up their belongings
An eyewitness, Alhassan Idris told Citi News that: “I was as sleep when I heard of the fire outbreak at the Kumasi Central market. I rushed to the market, and it was true that there was a fire. So I tried to help to contain the fire. As of the time I came to the market, I was passionate to help put out the fire, so I didn’t really ask what caused the fire.”
ACFO Henry Giwah, the Ashanti Regional Deputy Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service who spoke to the media complained about the challenges they have trying to access the fire scene.
“We received a distress call around 8:48 pm that there was a fire outbreak at the Central market, so we quickly dispatched our men. When they arrived, they saw that the whole place had been engulfed by the fire affecting about 27 shops. So they tried to confine it so that it will not spread further. Accessibility is always a problem here. It’s a big problem. The interference from the traders was not also good. It is the leather and turpentine products that were involved so when you put out the fire before you realise it has reignited,” he said.
The last time a fire incident was recorded at the Kumasi Central Market was on July 30, 2020.
About 50 shops were affected during that incident.