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74-year-old man burnt to death as fire guts 5-bedroom house

A fire that gutted a 5-bedroom house at Aburaso in the Ashanti Region has killed a 74-year-old man.

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According to 3news.com, the sad incident, which occurred at around 1 am on Saturday, left five others with serious injuries.

The deceased, identified as Stephen Dapaah, got trapped in one of the rooms of the burning building and was burnt, causing his subsequent death.

He is reported to be a former Ashanti regional director of the Audit Service.

His remains have been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, while the injured people are said to be receiving treatment at the same facility.

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The Ghana National Fire Service has begun an investigation into the cause of the fire outbreak.

Last month, a 37-year-old pregnant woman and her two sons were burnt to death after a fire gutted their 3-bedroom apartment.

The incident occurred at Ohwim in the same Ashanti Region on the evening of Monday, August 15, 2022.

The fire was reported to have started around 11:30 pm, and the deceased, identified as Philomena Osei, and her two children, 7 and 9, couldn’t escape.

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However, one of the siblings, a 14-year-old who was sleeping in a separate room, managed to escape before the ravaging fire consumed the house and her relatives.

Recounting how it all unfolded, a neighbour, Justina Owusu, told 3news.com that by the time she and other residents could come out of their rooms to rescue the victims, the fire had already overwhelmed the building.

“I heard the woman shouting for help. By the time I stepped out, I realised the entire building has been engulfed by fire. Together with other residents, we called the [Ghana National] Fire Service but before they arrived, the three have been burnt to death,” she said.

Some neighbours of the deceased say they suspect arson. According to one of them, Sampson Mensah, the latest incident that took the lives of Philomena Osei and her little children was the first.

“This is not the first time it’s happening. Someone once set the back of the net of one of the rooms ablaze, but it was detected quickly and quenched.

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“So this one appears suspicious because how can two rooms catch fire at the same time,” the suspicious neighbour said.

The fatal incident left the residents of the area in a mournful state.

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