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Two persons injured as fire destroys part of Elmina fish market

Two persons injured as fire destroys part of Elmina fish market

Two persons injured as fire destroys part of Elmina fish market

Two persons were injured on Monday in an inferno, which burnt

fresh fish and property worth thousands of cedis in the

Elmina Fish Market, leaving fishmongers and fishermen devastated.

The fire engulfed a wooden shed where several drums

of premixed fuel are kept with fishing inputs.

One of the victims, whose injuries are severe, was rushed to

the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Two persons injured as fire destroys part of Elmina fish market

Mena Ekua, a fishmonger, who witnessed the incident told the

Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the fire started when premix

fuel being transferred into a canoe by some

fishermen got in contact with fire in a coal pot.

She said many of the people at the scene immediately

dived into the Benya Lagoon, which prevented

a possible high number of casualties.

Confirming the incident to the GNA in Cape Coast,

DOIII Abdul Wasiu Hudu, the Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO)

of Ghana National Fire Service, said his office

received a call at about 1207 hours on the incident.

DOIII Hudu said the Elmina Fire station deployed a team to the

scene and reinforcement was later called in from

the University of Cape Coast (UCC) station.

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He said the fire destroyed huge quantities of fish,

about 10 drums of premix fuel, a canoe, a power

generator and other household items.

The PRO said due to the intensity of the inferno, some

firefighters were positioned at the nearby

Elmina Market Branch of the Kakum Rural Bank to protect it.

“Unfortunately, part of the roof of the bank is burnt and the

heat from the fire has affected the walls of the bank,” he said.

DOIII Hudu said the victim whose injuries were not severe,

told the team that they were transferring premix fuel into

their canoe when it suddenly caught fire,

engulfing the area within seconds.

He said the GNFS would commence investigation into

the cause of the incident tomorrow to identify the actual cause.

According to DOIII Hudu, there had been series of engagements

with the fishing communities, especially Elmina, about

the storage and safety of premix fuel, especially in Elmina.

Also, fire safety education had been organized

many times to help prevent these kind of incidents.

He urged the public to adhere to safety measures

in their homes and workplaces.

 

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