It took personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service more than two hours to douse the inferno that ravaged the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Office of the Ghana Revenue Authority Sunday Morning, ABC News can report.
The inferno, according reports, started about 9 am Sunday. Although personnel from the GNFS together with some military officers arrived at the scene timely, reports suggest that the fire fighters had a tough time bringing the fire under control.
According to eyewitnesses, it took the team about two and half hours to completely extinguish the fire but managed to prevent the fire from extending to other parts of the building.
Explaining what accounted for the delay, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Fire Service, Elis Robinson Okoe said his men struggled to get access to the building as all the doors had been locked at the time of the disaster.
He said the team resorted to using the windows to gain entry, a move he described as challenging.
“It is because we don’t have access to the building. They are using the window instead of opening doors and other things so we can pass through and get to the place. Everything was locked. We gained access to the place through the back window,” he said.
He further explained that “the challenge we also have here is that there is no hydrant around here. That is why you see a lot of water tankers around here.”
The cause of the fire remains unknown. Meanwhile, Mr Robinson Okoe said the Service will commence investigations into the incident forthwith to ascertain what led to the blaze.