Scores on social media have expressed concern about the challenges faced by personnel of the Fire Service in dousing the fire outbreak that destroyed shops at the Makola Market in Accra on Monday.
The fire, which started Monday morning, ravaged portions of a three-storey building and destroyed valuables running into millions of Ghana cedis. It took fire officers close to 7 hours before bringing the fire under control.
For many social media users, the delay in putting out the fire is worrying.
They were particularly not happy about a revelation by the AMA boss, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, that Fire Service personnel had to go as far as Circle, Kaneshie to fetch water, hence their late arrival at the scene.
Some social media users suggested the use of other alternatives such as helicopter to put out the fire.
Others commiserated with the victims describing Monday, July 5, as a sad day.
Below are some comments from Twitter:
Herh Ghana!— Anarfi Peter (@AnarfiPeter) July 5, 2021
Building (opposite #Makola Shopping Mall) about 300m away from the Fire Service Station is on fire!
People run to the Fire Station only to be told there is no fuel and water in the Fire Trucks! This is like one of the main Fire Stations in Accra oo 🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/p2w4MKu9ws
A lot of traders at Makola will never bounce back. And that’s so sad 😞— Khad (@khady_classic) July 5, 2021
It’s funny how there’s a fire service office just around makola and they couldn’t get there to quench the fire on time 😕😕— rewth (@delphy435) July 5, 2021
This fire outbreak at Makola is serious, I pray no one was hurt 🙏🏿— EJBiMAH 💫 (@ejbimah) July 5, 2021
I hope Ghana pays NURSES earlier than FIRE SERVICE cuz if its opposite paa dia it’s a scam… How can you come with no water and the little water you have,It doesn’t even reach 2nd or 3rd storey…#Makola— YT: Kyei_frimp (@FrimpKyei) July 5, 2021
A whole Makola with the fire station like 5 minutes away no dey get water? I’m sick…— Pu’Nana’ni (@99Poke_em) July 5, 2021
So one trader actually said the fire service station at the central distract should be closed and converted into a market. #Makola— Nicholas Brown (@Nanabrown90) July 5, 2021
So sad to see Makola market burning— Kob!na 🇬🇭 (@kobinaocran) July 5, 2021
In this hard times Charlie I feel sorry all those affected
Makola Fire: “We’d investigate the cause of fire”— Precious Kwame Adade🔄 (@pk_adade) July 5, 2021
Makola Fire: “Government will disburse X amount of money to victims”
Can we think of more sustainable measures to end this menace? Enough of “coded approach” to handle these issues.
My condolences to all victims. Sad day😢
Looks like Every year Makola market would catch fire.🔥🔥🔥 and we would just talk about it and let it go only for us to talk about the same thing next year 😡😡😡 are the leaders goingto do something about it or are we going to start celebrating it as a 🔥fire anniversary🔥— Ohemaa👸Yaa Black🇬🇭♛ (@OhemaaYaaBlack) July 5, 2021
Fire service be claiming they don’t have water to quench the fire…but have water to disperse citizens at the scene… smh 🤦#Makola— Yoryi🌺🍓 (@Strawbherry23) July 5, 2021
If what I’m hearing about the makola market and the fire service stationed just some few meters away from the fire gutted building is true. Then charlie— AndyAFC (@Mr_AmpofoGh) July 5, 2021
There’s no hope. This country is not ready.
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