General News of 2014-03-28

Makola No.2 market in flames again

Fire fighters are currently doing all they can to douse a raging fire at the Makola No.2 market in Accra.
Joy News Michaela Anderson reports that the fire which started around 4:30am Friday, has destroyed goods worth millions of cedis.
However, the extent of the damage caused by the fire cannot be readily assessed because the Police are preventing reporters and shop owners from entering the market.
Personnel from the Ghana Fire Service, officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and security officials from the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) have arrived at the scene.
Michaela reports that shop owners at the market, who are looking on helplessly fear the fire might extend to a nearby filling station.
She reports that although firefighting efforts are slow, progress is being made by the fire service personnel.
This will be the second fire outbreak at the Makola number 2 market within a year. In June last year, the same market was ravaged by fire suspected to be the work of arsonists.
The Accra Regional Police Command on Monday March 25 detained a woman on suspicion of attempting to burn down some stores at the Makola market.
The suspected arsonist, believed to be in her mid-30s, gave her name as Mother Ghana.
She was seen by security persons at the market sprinkling what looked like kerosene on some stores at the market around 2:00 am on Monday and was immediately apprehended.
The security men later handed her over to the police.
The suspected woman appeared to be mentally unstable, according to the Police.
She was subsequently referred to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital to examine her mental status.