A fire destroys shops and goods in a building near the central market of Tamale


A building near Tamale Central Market in the Northern Region was engulfed in fire on Sunday morning; destroying several stores and goods.

According to those affected by the incident, property worth several thousand Ghana cedis was lost in the fire.

Due to the intervention of the Ghana National Fire Service, the fire was extinguished to prevent further spread.

The Northern Region Public Relations Officer for the Fire Department, Musah Hudu, said he received a distress call from Accra around 5:08 a.m. saying there was a fire in the area.

“We quickly dispatched a team and they arrived here at 5:15 a.m. to prevent the fire from spreading to other facilities,” he added.

A fire destroys shops and goods in a building near the central market of Tamale

Mr Hudu noted that the fire was at its peak when they arrived, however, with the help of two fire stations, they managed to bring the blaze under control.

According to him, although the cause of the fire is currently unknown, it is alleged that the fire started from a room which had no occupant.

A number of stores, he said, were destroyed.

“From what we see, it’s clothing, some ingredients for cooking, glass work. They also do glass work here. We are told that everything in the glass workshop was burned, including the cash. This is what our men are currently sorting out to determine the way forward.

Glass shop owner Ibrahim Jawal, interacting with JoyNews, said he was at home when he received a call from his brother informing him of the incident.

“We sell lenses, tinted lenses and frames. The frames were burned and the glasses shattered. We couldn’t choose anything. In fact, we couldn’t take the money from the store to the bank because it’s not a weekday. My brother usually brings it to the bank and as it was a weekend we were expecting to send it on Monday but unfortunately this incident happened,” he added.

Mr Jawal said he was unable to say how much had been lost in the fire, but was quick to add that his belongings were worth thousands of Ghanaian cedis.

A fire destroys shops and goods in a building near the central market of Tamale

A trader, Zakia Mumuni, said she lost most of her spices in the fire. She managed to save a few packages.

“As you can see it’s all burned out, but those are the few things we can get. All I can say is I leave it all to God,” she said, moaning.

A fire destroys shops and goods in a building near the central market of Tamale

Meanwhile, the northern region has recorded 76 fire starts since the start of the year.

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