Man, 60 Burnt To Death In Kumasi

A 60-year-old man has met his untimely death when fire swept through portions of a 14-bedroom house late Monday night.

The victim Akwasi Asare got trapped when the huge blaze engulfed the building located at Kronum in the Suame Municipality of the Ashanti Region.

According to reports, the Fire crew who were deployed to the scene to douse the blaze declared the situation was under control.

The team later discovered the charred body of the victim in one of the rooms after a thorough assessment in the building.

According to the Assemblyman for the area Elvis Nyantakyi “It happened close to the Angel Factory. Nine of the rooms were completely razed down. The victim who is on his sickbed got trapped in the blaze, after all, attempts to rescue him failed”.

“His body has been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as we speak. His family has been to the police to officially report to them.”

Tenants and other family members were salvaging their wares as their Items worth millions of Cedis have been destroyed by the fire on Tuesday morning.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established as officers at the scene were not ready for comments.

The charred body has been identified by the victim’s family which is engaging the police to uncover the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Fire incidents are very common in the Ashanti Region as some of the incidents result in the death of victims.

The Ghana National Fire Service says at least 60 fire outbreaks have been recorded in the Ashanti Region in the last 10 days of 2022.

The Service says it is rolling out strategies to sensitize the public to avert such disasters.

“With just ten days into the year and this is what we are faced with, it is nothing good to write home about. So as a command, we have designed a pragmatic approach with community engagement to ensure the fire incidents are reduced drastically”, said a spokesperson for the service in the Ashanti Region, DO III Peter Osei Addai.

He further courted the media to assist in the education to ensure collective lives and properties are protected, especially during the Harmattan.

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