Bawumia Drops Bombshell: Kejetia Market Fire Started by Careless Trader
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed that an unattended cooking gas cylinder explosion caused the recent Kejetia Market fire in Kumasi, Ghana.
The Vice President visited the market on Monday, March 20 to inspect the extent of the damage and offer support to the affected traders.
According to Dr. Bawumia, the Ghana National Fire Service and the National Disaster Management Organization investigated the cause of the fire and found that it was started by a trader who was cooking rice in her shop using a gas stove.
The fire occurred close to a nearby chemical shop that sells gunpowder, carbide, turpentine, and other combustible materials, resulting in the explosion.
After Dr. Bawumia’s intervention, the market complex will reopen for traders on Tuesday, March 21. The facility’s management had decided to close down temporarily as a result of the fire, but the Vice President’s visit and subsequent actions have allowed for a quicker reopening.
Dr. Bawumia expressed sympathy for the affected traders and assured them of government support. He stated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo promised to assist all the traders who were impacted by the fire.
The Vice President also assured the traders that the cause of the fire was not an electrical fault and that experts from the Ghana National Fire Service and the National Disaster Management Organization had been involved in determining the cause of the fire and providing guidance on how to prevent such incidents in the future.
The reopening of the market will allow for the protection of the livelihoods of the affected traders and will provide a boost to the local economy. The government’s quick response and support to the affected traders is commendable and will hopefully help to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
In conclusion, the Kejetia Market fire was caused by an unattended cooking gas cylinder explosion, according to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The market will reopen to traders on Tuesday, March 21, and the government has promised to support the affected traders. The cause of the fire has been determined, and measures will be put in place to prevent similar incidents in the future.