The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service has stated in an interview that the delay in putting out the fire that razed shops at Makola yesterday was as a result of no water flowing through the fire hydrant.
Yesterday, the Ghana National Fire Service stunned Ghanaians when they failed to put out a fire 300metres away from their station.
Ellis Robinson Oko detailing what happened on Starr FM mentioned that the lack of water caused them to delay in the process of dousing the fire at the Makola market on Monday, July 5, 2021.
According to Ellis Robinson Oko, there was no water flowing through the fire hydrant which he said were the actions and inactions of some state agencies such as the Ghana Water Company, Electricity Company of Ghana, and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly that made it difficult for the firefight.
We didn’t run out of water. The problem is all the fire hydrants didn’t have water in them so we had to rely on water from circle and Alajo. It’s the responsibility of the water company to manage the fire hydrants. We don’t manage fire hydrants.
“As at the time the fire happened, all the hydrants were not flowing. The water company didn’t tell us why they shut it yesterday. We couldn’t leave our duty to go ask Ghana Water Company why there was no water in our hydrants so we did what was required at the time and that’s what we did. t’s rather unfortunate that everyone is blaming us but let’s look at the situation on the ground before blaming the fire service,” Ellis Robinson Oko said.