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Fire guts Temple Law Chambers offices

Fire gutted the offices of a law chamber in the Orca Decor building at Adabraka, Accra early yesterday morning, destroying property worth tens of thousands of cedis.

The security officials and caretakers of the facility managed to put the fire under control before the arrival of personnel from the Fire Service.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but owners of the offices believed it was caused by electrical fault suspected to have been precipitated by the prevailing fire outages (dumsor).

When the Daily Graphic visited the scene it was observed that the Law Temple, which houses about seven offices, was virtually burnt.

Documents, computers, photocopiers, fridges and furniture had all been reduced to ashes.

Big blow to us

A partner with the Law Temple, Mr Stephen Sah, said the situation was a big blow to lawyers in the chamber.

Mr Sah, a former employee of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), said lots of money would be needed to rehabilitate the building.

“The nature of the destruction is such that we need to replace everything before we can resume work. We need more than GH¢100,000 to rehabilitate the entire place,” he indicated.

No insurance

When asked if the place was insured, Mr Sah stated, “Unfortunately, this place is not insured, and now that this has happened, we need to seriously think about that.”

He said the office might be relocated so that the Temple law chambers could properly be renovated.