Makola Shopping Mall engulfed by fire.

Makola Shopping Mall engulfed by fire.

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  • October 21, 2023
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A massive fire engulfed the Makola Shopping Mall in Accra, resulting in the temporary closure of the mall for a comprehensive assessment of the situation. The fire broke out around 11:00pm on Friday, October 20, 2023, and it took approximately four and a half hours for the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to bring it under control. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The blaze wreaked havoc, destroying more than 200 shops and makeshift structures, including items like wigs, perfumes, cosmetics, and jewelry, with losses totaling thousands of Ghanaian cedis. Thankfully, there were no casualties.

Chief Fire Officer Kofi Forson, Deputy Director of Operations at GNFS, described the firefighting efforts. Fire personnel responded swiftly to a distress call, and nine firefighting appliances with 70 personnel worked to contain the flames. They even had to force open the padlocks on the main entrance of the Mall. Despite the intensity of the fire, the timely response helped save over 2,000 stores.

The firefighters faced challenges due to the makeshift structures blocking access to the fire’s epicenter. Notably, an Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) substation located nearby was protected from the flames thanks to the firefighters’ quick intervention.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Roberta Aggrey-Ghanson, the Greater Accra Regional Commander of GNFS, noted that the explosions heard during the fire were caused by certain cosmetic products exposed to extreme heat.

Accra’s Mayor, Elizabeth K.T. Sackey, visited the mall to assess the extent of the damage. The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is awaiting a report from GNFS to determine the next steps. The Mayor appealed to traders to take preventive measures to avoid similar fire incidents in the future.

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Source: Graphic Online

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