Seven members of a family perished in a fire that devoured their residence in Big Apple, a suburb of Gomoa Buduburam in the Central Region’s Gomoa East District.
Robert Assan Donkoh, 60, his four-month-old daughter, and the rest of his family were completely wrecked by the fire.
According to witnesses, the fire began at 5:30 a.m., however, it is unknown what caused the fire.
According to locals, they roused to the family’s cries and calls for assistance. When they arrived on the scene, they saw huge billows of smoke emanating from the deceased’s flat.
“When we arrived, we found the headteacher’s wife and one of their children screaming for aid; we did all we could, but the fire was more intense. Alas! “We lost them all,” an eyewitness related.
“The form of the burnt remains prevents anybody from recognizing them, even if we know them,” another local said. This is a sad day for our community. It’s impossible to believe.”
When the Ghana National Fire Service was notified, they went to the area and began battling the fire, but by the time they gained entrance to the rooms, all seven members of the family had perished.
“Our guys arrived at the site at 6:40 a.m., and based on the structure’s burglar proofing before the main door, the hallway, and the bedroom, it was impossible to get entry to the family and rescue them.
When we arrived, the fire was actively blazing. Our crew, on the other hand, were able to extinguish the flames within a few minutes. It was then that we realized a family of seven had been completely consumed by fire,” ADO 2 Patrick Bawa, Operations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service in Gomoa Budumburam, described.
He said that his team immediately mobilized police and an ambulance to help. However, he noted, the situation is now being investigated.
“We have roped off the area since it has been transformed into a crime scene. “However, we will return for more investigations,” he remarked.
According to ADO 2 Patrick Bawa, if the building had a fire alarm system, the alert would have sounded for the guy to hear, but there were no fire alarm systems in place to notify the residents.
He cautioned the public that the whole building is barren of fire extinguishers and detectors. As a result, we are recommending the general people to install all of these items in their houses in order to detect early fire alerts.”