More than a hundred (100) shops have been destroyed by fire at the temporary market in Takoradi in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis (STMA) of the Western Region.
Among the affected shops include wig shops, cloth shops, tailoring shops, hairdressing salons, plastic shops and foodstuff shops.
The fire which started around 12:30 am on Monday, April 4, 2022, spread through the other shops especially, at the part close to the Ahenfie Hotel destroying properties worth sums of money.
Persons whose shops were affected and located close to the section of the market which gutted fire rushed to the scene to salvage some of their wares.
An eyewitness and also one of the affected women, Maame Asaba in an interview with igoghana narrated that firemen had to cut through the wire mesh of some of the shops to be able to access them and commended the personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) for their efforts in extinguishing the fire.
She counted her losses and lamented that the incident had come at a great loss to them specially, at a time when the economy was hard.
She, therefore, called on the government to come to their aid and to consider reconstructing the temporary market with some urgency to enable them to recover their losses.
DO3 Emmanuel Bonney, Western Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GNFS said the Service personnel who came to the scene had difficulty in bringing the situation under control even though the fire was able to be extinguished around 5:35 am.
He said as at 2:22 am when they came around, the fire was very intense and for that matter, they had to mobilise about eight (8) vehicles with support from the GPHA Fire Unit, Airforce Fire Unit and the VRA Fire Unit before they could extinguish the fire.
At the time of filing the report, the affected area has been curdled with caution tape to prevent access to it to allow for the evacuation of the debris.
Authorities of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly on Monday, February 15, 2021, relocated the traders from the Takoradi Market Circle to the new market located at the Ahenfie Hotel area as a temporary market to pave way for the redevelopment of the 93-year-old Takoradi Market Circle.