Accra Mayor, Alfred Vanderpuije has said Sunday’s fire disaster at the Kantamanto market in Ghana’s national capital, Accra, may have been a deliberate act.
Mr. Vanderpuije told TV3 in an interview that some of such fire disasters could be deliberate.
He expressed similar sentiments about a similar fire disaster that occurred just two days earlier at major slum area Sodom and Gomorrah near the Agbogbloshie market.
Mr. Vanderpuije has therefore issued a stern warning to dwellers and traders in the two areas which were gutted by the separate fires not to begin rebuilding their structures.
Meanwhile Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who visited the Kantamanto market to commiserate with the victims has instructed the Interior Minister Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi to constitute a Committee of inquiry to probe Sunday’s fire disaster at the Kantamanto market in Accra.
He has also instructed the Ministry of Finance and other financial institutions of the state to assist the thousands of market women and men whose items were destroyed in the blaze, with some soft loans.
Additionally, Mr. Amissah-Arthur said the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly are making frantic efforts to assist the fire victims.
The Vice President was in the company of the Greater Accra regional Minister Mr. Julius Debrah, Accra Mayor Alfred Vanderpuiye, Odododiodoo MP Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye as well as Police and Fire Officials.
Hundreds of stores and offices were consumed in the blaze which started around 0430 GMT on Sunday.
Thick dark smoke was seen billowing into the sky from the market square where thousands of traders, hawkers and many business offices do their trading.
Traders and shop owners were seen making frantic efforts to salvage their goods and merchandise from the inferno.
This is the third time in two years that the same market has been gutted by fire.