Fire has ravaged some parts of the Techiman central market in the Bono East Regional Capital, leaving destruction worth millions of Ghana Cedis in its wake.
Speaking to the GBC in an interview, the Bono East Regional Fire Commander, DO1 George Annim Frimpong said, his outfit got to the scene around 3pm last Friday after receiving a phone call. He revealed that the fire was brought under control with the intervention of fire tenders from neighboring Municipalities.
For close to four hours, Firefighters were at the Techiman Central Market battling the huge fire which swept through a number of shops destroying valuables belonging to traders. About Five fire tenders were involved in fighting the inferno which threatened to sweep through the area. Some traders who claimed to have witnessed the start of the incident spoke to the GBC.
Worst affected by the fire was the dried fish and assorted spices section of the market. DO1 George Anim Frimpong is the Bono East Regional Fire Commander
The MCE for Techiman, John Kofi Donyina said, he was saddened by the level of devastation saying it will cost a lot to repair the damage.
Going forward, the MCE hinted that preventive measures like an expansion of some of the routes in the market as well as the provision of a fire post in the market.
The MCE consequently assured the traders that, stakeholders in disaster management are working to ascertain the cost of the damage to help inadequate compensation of victims.
Story filed by Dauda Zul-Kiful