Harmattan, negligence cause of recent fires- Anaglatey

The recent spate of fire incidents across the country have been attributed to the harmattan dry winds and negligence.

Head of Public Affairs at the Ghana Fire Service Prince Billy Anaglatey says the dry winds have taken the moisture content from combustible materials which make them susceptible to fire outbreaks.

“The slightest heat source on these materials could provoke fires,” he said.

There have been a number of fire outbreaks across the country with just a week into the new year.

Wednesday night , the Kumasi Central market, which is notorious for fire outbreaks, was up in flames with reports of heavy losses to traders.

On Friday, the Achimota Forest in Accra as well as the Amanfrom Sanctuary in Bono Ahafo were also up in flames.

There have been several others in other parts of the country. These fires have happened at a time the harmattan has intensified.

Billy Anaglatey who has been campaigning for education on fire issues said a lot has to be done to reduce if not prevent the fires.

While admitting that the strong dry winds is playing a role in the fire, he said a lot of education is needed to ameliorate the situation.

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