Another fire outbreak today Monday January 11, 2021 razed down over 300 wooden structures at Dagombaline near Afful Nkwanta in the Oforikrom constituency of the Ashanti region.
Cause of the fire is yet to be established but an eyewitness in an interview with Otec fm’s Evans Agyei Sikapa indicated that the fire began from one of the structures but their effort to bring it down proved futile. Osman Ishaku in a narration explained that lack of experience in fighting fire by those who were around made the fire escalate.
He blamed some owners of the structures where the fire started as they prevented volunteers to pull down their wooden homes which could have prevented the fire from spreading.
The slum is predominantly occupied by head potters and scrap dealers some of whom are seen trying to salvage properties.
This is not the first time one of the biggest slums in the Ashanti region has been gutted by fire.
In March 2020, more than 500 slum dwellers at Dagombaline in the Ashanti Region were rendered homeless after fire swept through their wooden structures.
Barely a month earlier, fire gutted other parts of the slum, displacing about 13,000 persons, according to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).
Meanwhile officials of the Ghana national fire service who were at the scene could not give any details as they say investigations are yet to commence.
Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Evans Agyei Sikapa