The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) would Monday begin investigations to establish the cause of the fire outbreak that swept through parts of the Asafo Market in Kumasi in the early hours of Saturday.

Saturday?s incident, which came in the wake of recent but even more disastrous fires in the city?s Central Market, was alleged to have started during intermittent power outages in the night.

 But, Mr Clement Kegeri spokesman of the KMA Chief Executive said it was too early to apportion responsibility for the blaze and that all would have to wait for the GNFS to complete its work.

This would enable the assembly establish the cause of the fire, and also respond to the necessary recommendations that would be made.

Mr Kegeri stated this in an interview after the Kumasi Mayor, Samuel Sarpong had visited the site.

There was wailing from some of the victims on seeing the destruction the blaze had caused to their wares and other property running into several thousands of Ghana Cedis.

The fire destroyed a number of shops and affected persons were visibly shocked when they saw the damage caused.

A nearby post office was also partially affected by the blaze.

According to eyewitnesses, smoke was detected in the area at about 1am on Saturday during the power outages.

Fire personnel were called in but before they came in to fight the blaze a number of shops had already been destroyed. The portion of the market that was burnt hosted mostly selling points for leatherwear and women?s dresses.

During his visit to the site, the Kumasi Mayor consoled the victims for the losses and gave the assurance the assembly would do everything possible to assuage their predicament.

Kumasi is becoming synonymous with fire outbreaks in the city?s markets. The Central Market is the worst affected.

Credit: Graphic.com.gh

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