Navrongo prison: Fire destroys two-bedroom apartment

The fire destroyed several properties including electronics, furniture, utensils, stationery and clothing

A fire incident on 1 February 2022 ravaged a bungalow that accommodates a senior officer of the Navrongo Central Prison.

The Tuesday’s fire incident which started around 10:30 am was said to have spread from the kitchen of a co-tenant.

Preliminary investigations reveal the fire may have sparked from a motorcycle reportedly parked in the tenant’s room near the kitchen where cooking was going on.

Several properties including electronics, furniture, utensils, stationery and clothing were destroyed beyond salvage.

The roof, windows and doors of the bungalow were also destroyed.

Victim’s account

The victim, superintendent Francis D K Deku, the second-in-charge of the Navrongo Central Prison, said he had reported to work that fateful morning when he received a phone call later informing him of the fire outbreak.

Superintendent Deku said the Navrongo fire department was called in but the fire caused a lot of damage before officers could douse it.  

“I came to work in the morning and as usual I was going about my duties when I had a call from my next-door neighbour that my house was on fire. So, from here (Prison command) I just ran to the fire service and was informed a tender had been dispatched to the place.

When I reached there, I realized the information came too late. The fire had entered my apartment from my neighbour’s and burnt almost everything in my rooms.”

Deku said the fire did not cause any injuries or deaths.

Informing the Prison authority and NADMO

For his part, the regional Prison Service public relations officer, Assistant Superintendent Alhassan Nyankpani, said a report on the fire incident was being put together for submission to the prison service headquarters in Accra.

He said, “the service has a laid down procedure and when something like this occurs, we normally prepare a report and forward to the national headquarters and when that is done, then whatever is due the victim is given to them. We are yet to submit our report including the fire service report and that of NADMO.”

 He added that “the fire destroyed almost everything in his room. Nothing could be salvaged and we will need to do a good report on all the losses”.

Senyalah Castro

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