Rate of fire outbreaks drops in Greater Accra

Accra, The rate of fire outbreaks in the Greater Accra Region has dropped significantly for the first quarter of this year, Divisional Officer 1 (DO1) Ofori Agyei, the Regional Operations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), has said.

He said the Region has so far recorded 303 fire outbreaks in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year when it recorded 486 occurrences.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday, D.O 1 Agyei attributed the positive development to the fire safety education being undertaken by the GNFS across the region.

He said the GNFS has intensified public sensitisation mechanisms on fire safety geared at 'eradicating the menace of fire outbreaks in the Region'.

D.O 1 Agyei said the GNFS is poised to roll out prudent investigative mechanisms to fish out the causes of fire outbreaks and put in place appropriate measures to curb their recurrence.

Reacting to the fire outbreak incident that gutted the Industrial Area warehouse of the Ashfoam Ghana Limited on Monday, he said the GNFS has launched an investigation into the incident and "would soon find out what caused the fire".

"We have ordered the workers not to go near the place till we are done with our investigations," he said and gave the assurance that the findings would be made public after the investigation.

D.O 1 Ofori Agyei said appropriate sanctions would also be meted out to anyone who would be found guilty in connection with the incident.

"We have found that the main cause of fire outbreaks in the country is negligence and we would not tolerate that," he said.

The fire outbreak which gutted the Industrial Area warehouse of the Ashfoam Ghana Limited came few hours after some stores and a truck were wrecked by fire in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional Capital.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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