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General News Sun, 10 Nov 2002

Teacher burnt to death

A 35-YEAR-old graduate Mathematics teacher of the Larteh-Akuapem Methodist JSS, Mr Prince Baffour Kyeremanteng, was last Tuesday burnt to death by fire allegedly caused by a gas stove on whch he was cooking in his bedroom.

A police source which briefed the Akuapem North District Chief Executive, Dr (Mrs) Eugenia Danquah-Quist, who rushed to the scene on Wednesday, said that the late Kyeremanteng, who lived alone, returned home after school in the evening and decided to prepare his meal.

The source said Kyeremanteng, who hailed from Akyem Kukurantumi, had earlier on Monday reported to his headteacher that he was not well but decided not to seek medical treatment.

It said a group of friends who visited him found him in bed while the food was on the stove but realising he was drowsy, they left him soon afterwards.

The source said a few moments later, a colleague teacher who was calling on him realised thick smoke coming out of the backdoor and he raised an alarm.

It said Kyeremanteng reportedly got up in an attempt to stagger out of his room.

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The source said because the clothes of the deceased had also caught fire he could not escape from the room and fell down. When the door was forced opened his charred body was found on the floor.

All his personal effects, including a 20-inch television set and video deck, got completely burnt by the time personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) from Mampong-Akuapem could bring the blaze under control. The body has been deposited at the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital at Mampong-Akuapem.

According to the landlord, Mr Owusu Akwei, since the local telephone system could not get through to Mampong, about 15 kilometres away, they had to route the emergency call through the GNFS in Accra who informed their men at Mampong and the personnel rushed to attend to the tragedy about 30 minutes later.

While the cause of the fire was being investigated, Mr Akwei gave the estimated cost of rehabilitating the damaged portion of the house at about ?10 million.

Dr Danquah-Quist, who on behalf of the district conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, hinted that the District Disaster Management Organisation would meet to consider a form of assistance to offer the landlord.

Source: Graphic
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