Fire Guts Highways Building

THE BUILDING serving as the head office of the Ghana Highway Authority was in the early hours of yesterday engulfed by fire.

The inferno reportedly burnt some important stationery and other materials in the building, which is close to the offices of the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It took the intervention of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to prevent the fire, which started on the fourth floor of the building, from spreading further.

No casualties were recorded as sources say workers of the Authority were yet to arrive at their offices at the time the fire started.

Some of the workers who turned up later for work as at the time of the fire, were spotted standing outside their offices with shock as the firemen fought to bring the inferno under control.

It was believed that some documents of various road construction contracts kept at the Authority’s office were likely to have been destroyed by the blaze.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the workers whose offices were affected were to be temporarily accommodated in other offices while investigations are conducted to unearth the cause of the fire.

Acting Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, DO2 Timothy Osarfo Afun, told the media that it took fire fighters three minutes to arrive at the scene.

That claim was however, disputed by some eyewitnesses who argued that the fire fighters were somehow slow in getting to the scene.

They also argued that calls put through to the GNFS’s emergency service line were not responded to on time, suggesting that the fire could have been brought under control early enough to prevent the destruction of vital documentations.

Meanwhile, DO2 Timothy Osarfo Afun could not immediately give the cause of the fire but gave the assurance that the GNFS would investigate the incident.

According to him, ‘We will be looking out for possible causes of the fire, whether there was light at the time of the fire or if there was an electrical fault or any other ignitable materials in the building at the time.’

DO2 Timothy Osarfo Afun addressing the media
The burnt offices
Workers of the Authority outside the office as fire fighters struggled to put out the blaze

BY Melvin Tarlue

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