Central Market Fire: Matress Company Must Compensate Affected Traders – Government


Government has insisted the mattress company whose truck caused the inferno at the Kumasi Central market on Monday should bear the liability risks of the incident and take steps to compensate traders for the unfortunate happening.

The Central Market in Kumasi on Monday, April 10, 2017, was ravaged by fire where several properties worth thousands of cedis were destroyed.

The fire started after an electric cable fell when a Kia truck which was unloading mattresses cut through it, causing the cable to catch fire.

Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, in an interview with Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM on Monday’s Fire outbreak at the Central Market, said the primary responsibility lies with the driver and his employers to bear the cost of the damage in the accident borne out of negligence and recklessness of the driver.

“We have to make sure that we’ll arrest the driver, and find out the owner of the truck and the company involved because they’re liable in this case, before we[RCC] can think of any other consideration. And so as a matter of fact I didn’t make any promise to the traders affected by the Fire when I met them yesterday,” Simon Osei Mensah said.

Meanwhile, the driver involved in the case is still at large.