The family members were completely burnt including a 60-year-old man identified as Robert Assan Donkoh and his four-month-old baby girl.
Per reports from eyewitnesses, the fire began at 5:30 AM but said they do not know what started the fire. They revealed that they woke up hearing the family shouting for help. But saw thick smoke coming out of the house when they rushed to the scene.
One eyewitness said, “When we rushed there, we saw the wife of the headteacher and one child of theirs shouting for help, we did all we could but the intensity of the fire was greater. Alas! We lost all of them.”
Another resident explained that “the nature of the charred bodies can’t make anyone recognise them even though we know them. It’s a sad day for us in this community. It’s too difficult to believe.”
Personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service were alerted but when they arrived at the scene at 6: 40 AM, there was a burglar-proof before the main entrance, the hall and another one before the bedroom which made access to the family difficult.
The Operations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service at Gomoa Budumburam, ADO 2 Patrick Bawa said, “When we arrived, the fire was burning seriously. However, our men were able to bring the blaze down within a few minutes. It was then we realised that a family of seven have been all burnt.”
“We have cordoned off the place because the place is now a crime scene. However, we will still come back for further investigations,” he stated.
According to ADO 2 Patrick Bawa, the fire would have not consumed the building if a fire alarm system was installed in the house.
ADO 2 Patrick Bawa cautioned the general public to get a fire system in their homes to be able to detect early fire warnings.