Ghanaian Chronicle

Aftermath of Mallam market fire outbreak Victims try to pick up the peices

Date published: October 25, 2012

By Bernice Bessey

Tears have not ceased from the eyes of traders at the Mallam market, as last week a raging fire destroyed their wares worth millions of Ghana Cedis and reduced their stalls into ashes.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established, but the market folks attribute it to electrical faults.

According to an eyewitness, the fire started in early hours of the morning of that fateful day at about 5::00 a.m. in a stall and later spread to other nearby stalls.

The fire razed down about 500 stalls containing provisions, clothes and other wares that were highly inflammable.

When the Accra File visited the scene, the victims were busily salvaging items, after the fire had been put out by personnel of the Ghana Fire Service.

Toffees, biscuits, tinned tomatoes, soap, drinks and other products that could be salvaged were sold at reduce prices, even though some could be considered a health hazard to consumers.

Scraps dealers did not leave themselves out, salvaging for metals.

Even though, the atmosphere was full of wailing and lamentations, others also found it an opportunity to enjoy tubers of yam which had been cooked by the fire.

Some traders were able to retrieved half burnt monies from hideouts, while others only found ashes of their products and sales made the previous day.

Ayeelay, a trader, told The Chronicle that she had been selling in the market for almost 10 years, and had never experienced a fire outbreak, adding that the only disasters experienced were occasional floods.

“I was trading at Makola market, but because frequent fire outbreaks and “abayee” threats from city guards, I moved to here for peace of mind. Now look at what happened to us today. What should I do?  I trade with loans from the bank,” she lamented.

The market folks pleaded with the government to come to their aid, since they took loans from banks to trade.

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