The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has performed preliminary investigations into the fire outbreak that killed two individuals in Fiapre, Sunyani West Municipality, which was started by a smoking cigarette.
Alex Antwi, 35, and his 17-year-old daughter, Sharifa Adiza, were burned beyond recognition when a fire destroyed a four-bedroom house in Fiapre, near Sunyani, in the early hours of Thursday, January 18, 2024.
Eight other inhabitants of the residence, including five children, escaped unharmed from the fire, which erupted about 1230 hours.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, the Divisional Officer Grade III (DO III), Reverend Thomas Kofi Dzah, in-charge of Fire at the GNFS’s Bono Regional Command, stated: “Our initial investigation revealed the fire might have been caused by a piece or butt of a lighted cigarette.”
The police have now recovered and deposited the deceased’s burnt remains to the Sunyani Teaching Hospital morgue for preservation.
Meanwhile, Bono Regional Minister Justina Owusu-Banahene and Sunyani West Municipal Chief Executive Evans Kusi Buadum have paid visits to the dead relatives and expressed their condolences.
Describing the tragedy as sad, the Regional Minister entreated the grieving families to seek consolation in God and assured them of her commitment to help them during the funeral rites of the deceased.