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7 Family members perish in fire

7 Family members perish in fireThe people of Mampong in the Ashanti Region were thrown into a state of shock and grief when seven persons, five belonging to the same family, were burnt to death at dawn yesterday.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established. The charred bodies of the victims have been deposited at the morgue of the Mampong Municipal Hospital.

 

Property of the deceased running into hundreds of cedis was also lost to the inferno in the three-bedroom apartment.

The victims are Pastor Isaac Botchwey, 46; his four children — two boys and two girls — and two others who had paid a visit to the pastor.

Pastor Botchwey, the Estate Officer at the Obuasi Government Hospital, having been recently transferred from the Mampong Municipal Hospital, doubles as the Pastor of the King Jesus House of Prayer.

The two visitors are Pastor Owusu Safo of the Prayer Sanctuary Chapel, Ghana and a lady whose name is not yet known but is believed to be related to Pastor Botchwey’s wife, Mrs Cynthia Botchwey, popularly known as Obaa Afia.

Three of the four children were identified only as Mother, Princess and Pastor.

Scene

When the Daily Graphic visited the scene of the fire yesterday, a number of people had flocked H/No. W279 at Worakese, a suburb of Mampong, to catch a glimpse of the devastation caused by the fire.

At the time of the visit, personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) had put out the blaze and were being assisted by the townfolk to clear the debris.

While some of the people were still in shock at the turn of events, others resorted to whispers as to why the disaster should happen to the family on the eve of June 3.

Close residents who spoke to the Daily Graphic said Mrs Botchwey had left home the day before for a funeral and asked a female relative to take care of her husband and the four children.

The kitchen totally destroyed by the fire.

They said around 12 midnight yesterday, they heard cries for help from the direction of the house and they realised it was as a result of a fire which had started in the kitchen and had trapped the victims who had no escape route.

Having realised the situation and its dire ramifications, the people quickly put in distress calls to the GNFS to intervene.

Fire Service

In an interview, the Mampong Municipal Fire Commander, Assistant Divisional Officer Selase Avevor, said he had a distress call at 12.50 a.m. and within three minutes he rushed to the scene with his team.

He said when his team got there, it took them some time to battle the inferno and that after managing to fight it, they were greeted with the charred bodies of seven persons.

He said the GNFS was yet to establish the cause of the fire, but checks showed that the fire was likely to have started from the kitchen and spread around, trapping the victims to death.

He said personnel of the GNFS were collaborating with the police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire tragedy.

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