Fire guts Makola market, thousands of Ghana cedis lost
Goods worth thousands of Ghana cedis were destroyed Thursday evening, when fire gutted the Makola number 2 market in Accra.
The fire which started around 6:30 pm is believed to have been caused by a power outage.The main gates to the market were locked at the time of the fire outbreak, making it difficult for fire tenders from the Ghana National Fire Service to enter the market to control the fire.
It took over several hours for personnel of the National Fire Service to break through the market gates but lack of fire hydrants exacerbated their efforts to fight the fire.
Acting Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Albert Brown Gaize explained to Citi News that they had to move long distances in search of water to fight the fire.
Meanwhile, member of Parliament for the Odododiodiodio constituency, Nii Tackie Commey, who was at the scene to commensurate with the victims called on the Ghana National Fire Service to as a matter of urgency provide fire hydrants in the market to avoid any future occurrences.