“It was a shock to all of us, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Groupe Nduom is aware of it, he has been informed. The fire department has come to do its best together with the Airforce fire department. We are now out to assess the damage…. He was shocked. In my interaction with him a few hours ago was a sense of shock and believes that it was something that could be avoided if the fire department was properly resourced with water and fire hydrants and all of what it takes to put out a small fire that ought not to spread to the degree it did,” he said.
A part of the hotel that houses Business Television Africa (BTA), Amansan TV (ATV), GN Bank and Gold Coast Securities was ravaged by fire around 4.30 pm.
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, who owns the affected properties, and is also the founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).
Only two weeks ago the roof of the presidential candidate’s Elmina Stadium was ripped off by a rainstorm.
It took the combined efforts of personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service and the Fire Department of the Ghana Air Force more than 3 hours to contain the fire.
Interior Minister orders investigations
The Minister of Interior Ambrose Dery has called for a thorough investigation into circumstances surrounding Saturday evening’s fire outbreak at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra.
According to him, the enquiry will help unravel the truth about the incident that flattened about three business offices on the premises.
Speaking to pressmen after arriving at the fire scene on Saturday to assess at first-hand happenings there, Ambrose Derry said the president, Nana Akufo-Addo had been made aware of the situation and he is very much interested in the report.
Many onlookers gathered around the hotel accused personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service of responding late to distress calls about the fire and also arrived with tenders without water.
But the Interior Minister said a full-scale investigation must be conducted to ensure a full understanding of all that happened before and during the incident.
“On Monday I expect a full investigation and a report on this matter. What I heard is that fire service came and ran short of water, portraying a hopeless situation. I’ll want an explanation to that. They’ve given me a preliminary explanation… There will certainly be an investigation. I’ll want to hear all the complaints and hear their reaction to that,” he said.
Fire was sparked by air-condition – Groupe Nduom
Owners of Coconut Grove Regency Hotel have explained that the inferno that engulfed the facility was sparked by fire from an air-conditioning facility at Amansan Television (ATV) which shares a compound with the hotel.
“Somewhere between 5.00 and 5.30 pm…staff of Amansan Television (ATV) noticed fire burning apparently from the direction of an air conditioning unit in their studio. When alarm, was raised, everyone ran to safety and an urgent call was made to the Ghana Fire Service to come and help put out the fire,” a statement signed by Richmond Keelson from the Corporate Affairs department of Groupe Nduom stated.
The statement added that two fire tenders were quickly deployed to the place by the Fire Service while additional three followed suit.
The statement noted that the fire spread to other offices on the same block on which ATV was, adding that “the ATV studio and four commercial offices of Groupe Nduom are on the same block.”