Kumasi: Arson suspected in Easter market fires (UPDATED)

BY: Graphic.com.gh

A source at the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has hinted that the three market fires in Kumasi, during the Easter festivities at Asafo and the central market, points to a case of arson.

According to the source, some eyewitnesses claimed they saw some people throwing "fire bombs" into the Asafo market, the source hinted Graphic Online's Kumasi correspondent, Daniel Kenu.

For three consecutive nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Asafo market and the Kumasi Central market were gutted by fire.

That of the Asafo Market happened on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday night following a similar incident at the Kumasi Central market on Friday night.

Property worth thousands of Ghana cedis were destroyed by the fires which all happened at night.

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Below is a video of how some traders responded to the incident at Asafo on Sunday which, was the third night that Kumasi was witnessing successive market fires.

The picture above is from the Asafo Market incident on Sunday night.

Fire Service personnel responded promptly and when Graphic Online visited the scene, they had placed three fire tenders at strategic positions and were trying to douse the fire. 

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