Coconut Grove Fire Nduom's hotel had no smoke detectors – Fire Service

The Deputy Public Relations Director of the Fire Service Prince Billy Anaglatey said after their preliminary investigations into the fire they realised that there were no smoke detectors in the building.

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The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has said that the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel must be blamed for Saturday’s fire which occurred there.

The Deputy Public Relations Director of the Fire Service Prince Billy Anaglatey said after their preliminary investigations into the fire they realised that there were no smoke detectors in the building.

“They do not even have smoke detectors on their premises. That was how they didn’t detect the fire in time… even the structure itself is supposed to have total suppression systems, sprinklers, but they did not have all that.”

READ ALSO: We didn't send empty fire tenders to Coconut Grove -Fire Service

 “If they were to have those facilities installed within the premises, I think we would not have been talking about these fires now. These facilities would have automatically extinguished the fire at the time that the fire had started but there was nothing,” he added.

In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Mr Anaglatey emphasised that “there was nothing put in place to protect the place in terms of fire safety.”

These comments come after the President of Groupe Nduom, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom suggested that the damage caused could have been less if the Fire Service had attached more urgency in fighting the fire.

READ ALSO: Fire did not touch Regency Hotel - Groupe Ndoum

In a Facebook post, Dr Nduom called for some reforms in the service and other necessary state institutions in the face of similar disasters.

Personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service and the Fire Department of the Ghana Air Force took over three hours to contain the fire which started around 4.30pm on Saturday.

From the preliminary investigations, the Fire Service say the fire was caused by an electrical component at the TV station.

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