Regency Hotel fire outbreak Fire Service brought empty fire tenders to Coconut Grove - Eyewitnesses

Eyewitnesses are accusing the NGFS of sending empty fire tenders, not arriving on time and not salvaging anything from the building.

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The National Ghana Fire Service (NGFS) has come under criticism for its handling of Saturday’s fire outbreak at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel.

Eyewitnesses are accusing the NGFS of sending empty fire tenders, not arriving on time and not salvaging anything from the building.

An Eyewitness told Radio Ghana: “I am very disappointed in the fire service. They were here when the TV studio was burning. They asked us to go out as the flames were coming. We were asked to go out because we can’t be inside when it is burning. So they have the water and everything that they can quench the fire but they didn’t do it.”

Another also said: “They saw the fire. It started small inside the room. But when the fire service people came, they came and poured the water on the roof. So we asked them why they pouring the water on the roof and they are said the water they brought wasn’t enough.”

In a statement Sunday, the Corporate Affairs Director of Groupe Ndoum, Richmond Keelson, clarified that Saturday’s fire outbreak did not affect the hotel, its restaurant, guest rooms and conference facilities.

Keelson explained that between 5.00 and 5.30pm Saturday evening, 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,” the statement said.

“Two fire tenders came soon followed by three more. It has become apparent after about an hour and a half, that the Fire Service personnel have not been able to contain the fire at the studio. Now the fire has spread to other offices on the same block as the ATV studio. The ATV studio and four commercial offices of Groupe Nduom are on the same block, “according to the statement.

The statement further stressed that “It is important to note that the Regency Hotel and its restaurant, guest rooms and conference facilities are intact and were not touched by the fire.”

The Coconut Groove Regency Hotel is owned by the Flag bearer of the Progressive People’s Party and Businessman Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom and family. The 3-star hotel was established 23 years ago and has several branches in Elmina and Obuasi.

According to an eyewitness report, the fire has also affected offices of the Immigration service which is close to the hotel at Ridge avenue.

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