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Fire Officers Yet Determine Cause Of Fire That Killed Police Officer, Family

A day after a police officer, his wife and baby perished in a fire that ravaged their apartment at Apromase in the Ejisu Municipality of the Ashanti region, the cause of the fire is yet to be revealed.

In an interview with Opemsuo radio’s Nkwantananso Show host George Opoku Mensah, the Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Fire Command, DO3 Peter Addae, said their Office received a report about the fire at 12:50 on Monday dawn.

“Our fire tender at Ejisu was dispatched to the scene. The magnitude of the fire necessitated assistance and so our men called for assistance from the neighbouring fire station.”

He revealed that the fire started in the room of the officer who perished and spread to four other apartments on the second floor of the two-storey structure used as a police quarter.

“The bodies of the three victims were discovered in the process of bringing the fire under control”, he said.

The police officer who has been identified as Sergeant Owusu Asante Baafi worked with the Anti Robbery Unit of the Ashanti regional Police Command until his demise.

DO3 Addae says preliminary investigations suggest that the Police officer tried to get out of the room but failed.

“The officer tried to get out but couldn’t and people around also tried to break in but failed.”

He blamed the late call for the massive destruction caused by the fire.

According to the PRO, the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

“Our investigators moved in to commence a full-scale investigation to establish the cause of the fire. They are yet to release their report to be able to speak to it. The investigation is still ongoing.”

Following the tragic incident, the Inspector-General of Police, Dr George Akufo Dampare visited the scene on Monday with some senior police officers.

They announced all officers who lived at the barracks will be evacuated to make way for accessibility.

A psychological therapy would also be provided for the victims, they revealed.

Data from the Ashanti Regional Fire Command reveals that 90 fires have been recorded since the beginning of this year.


Source: Fuseini

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