Regional News of 2014-02-24

Two kids die in fire, parents sustain burns

A family of four, including two children, have suffered burns resulting in deaths on Friday, at Hohoe-Ahado, when electricity power was restored after it had been off due to an ongoing rationing exercise.

Mr. Kartey Otumi, Hohoe Divisional Crime Officer told the Ghana News Agency that two children, Ewurama-eight and Rosemary-six, died in the inferno, which neighbours spotted around 2300 hours on Friday.

He said Mr. Emmanuel Acheampong, 39, trader and car accessories seller and his wife Mabel Delali Adetor, parents of the children, who suffered severe burns, who were rushed to the Volta Regional Hospital were said to have been transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra for medical attention.

Mr. Otumi said the cause of fire was being investigated, but preliminary observations could point to electrical combustion around the time power was restored.

The Crime Officer suspected that the fire might have started from the hall of the chamber-and-hall apartment, which drew in the parents, who might want to save their children.

Mr. Otumi cautioned members of the public to observe strict precautionary measures during and after power outages, to minimise the accidents.