The National Fire Service has successfully put out the fire that razed through parts the top floor of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) office near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange after over two hours of intense fire-fighting.
The fire is said to have started at arpund 9:00am and though the service’s personnel got to the scene on time, eyewitness say the fire fighters did not commence until about an hour after getting to the accident scene.
“I really don’t know what they were doing because it was as if they were afraid to approach the fire. They waited for more than an hour” a witness, Nii Lantey said.
“I don’t want to believe they were just idling about but what in God’s name takes you an hour and over before you decide to out out fire? How many documents and files could have been saved in that time?” Another eye witness, Abena Korkor noted.
In responding to these queries, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Fire Service, Elis Robinson Okoe, explained that the fire fighters could not have attempted to put out the fire immediately as they needed to asses the situation to know how best to quench the inferno.
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He further stated that the fire fighters struggled to find an access point and also acess to water as there were no fire hydrants and so they needed a lot of water tankers.
Skyy News cannot confirm the cause of the fire but understands the Fire Service will now move to look into the matter.