Fire Tuesday morning destroyed a number of shops in the central business district (CBD) of Koforidua, Eastern Region, ravaging several shops before a spririted effort by the Ghana National Fire Service, put out the fire.
Traders who lost their wares to the fire were seen wailing at their loss, but many others who sell on table tops and could whisk their wares to safety were seen shuttling across nearby streets with their goods.
The fire reportedly started at about 10:00am with a sudden little spark which spread quickly and destroyed a number of provisions stores in the storey building housing a number of businesses including the local branch of the Upper Manya Krobo Rural Bank Limited.
Volunteers had on their own tried unsuccessfully to douse the fire before the arrival of the fire personnel with two fire tenders. It took the firefighters close to an hour to quench entirely the fire that had already ravaged several shops.
Items destroyed included electrical materials, perishable goods, flammable items such as cooking oil, plastic materials and other inflammables.