A 50-year-old man has died in a fire that ravaged a residential apartment at Achiase, in the Nwabiagya North District of the Ashanti region.
The deceased, identified as Emmanuel Amega, believed to be mentally ill, allegedly set fire to the five-bedroom apartment of his 70-year-old father, Kwame Amega.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Ghana National Fire Service suggested that the deceased deliberately set the fire.
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It follows persistent threats and two failed attempts to commit the alleged crime.
One person, a sister of the deceased managed to escape with some burns.
Amega’s charred body was found on a wooden bench in one of the rooms after fire service personnel managed to douse the fire.
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The incident brings to two within a week, the number of persons killed in fire outbreaks in the Ashanti region.
A former tutor of St. Monica’s Senior High School, Andrews Atta Kwadwo Atta (Kakra), was killed in a bushfire at Damang, near Asante Mampong last week.
Fire Service personnel from Bremang responded to distress calls at about 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, to prevent the blaze from sweeping through other structures.
They, however, had to call for reinforcement from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Fire Station, due to the intensity of the fire.
Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Fire Service, Ackah Desmond Essoun, told Nhyira FM, the injured person had since been treated and discharged.
The deceased’s body has been deposited at KATH morgue.