A full scale investigation is to be carried out to establish the actual cause of a fire outbreak that consumed the records and other departments of the Lands Commission in Accra this Thursday morning.
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) said arson cannot be ruled out, but that will be an early call.
The fire destroyed public records at the commission including documents on payments and certifications.
The inferno ravaged parts of the building, which is near the Cantonments post office in Accra, and it took the GNFS to bring it under control later in the morning.
“The fire started at 5am and it was spotted by the watchman. At first he thought it was smoke and then he tried to fight it, but he realised he could not fight it himself and so he had to call for help,” Oko Dzani, the Regional Chairman of the Lands Commission told Citi News.
He said the incident was unfortunate as documents concerning land were invaluable.
The deputy PRO of the GNFS, Prince Billy Anaglatey, said the service will not rule out arson, but it is too early to come to that conclusion.
“The Fire Service is investigating the cause,” he told Citi News. “Thousands of records have been destroyed and the source is unknown.”
“When there is fire there are so many suspects. We’re not ruling out anything for now. We’ll be interviewing everyone including the watchman.”
The Lands and Natural Resources Minister Mike Hammah has also given strong indications that the cause of the fire will be pursued until the truth is established.