With the exception of a copy of the Holy Bible, all other items, including paints, chemicals, electrical gadgets and personal belongings, were destroyed by fire at the Ark Paint Ventures, a paint company at Takoradi on Friday morning.

The opened Bible was not touched by the fire, even though it was on a suitcase which was burnt.

Personnel from the Takoradi Fire Office, joined by their colleagues from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, brought the fire, which started about 8 am, under control in 45 minutes.

Eye witnesses told the Ghana News Agency that they heard an explosion from one of the offices of the company followed by fire. They then called the firemen.

The company is located in the Public Works Department (PWD) premises.

Mr Archibald Deman, owner of the company, said owing to accommodation problems, he bad packed a lot of goods, including his personal belongings, into one of the offices, intending to transfer them to a house on Sunday.

Unfortunately, he said all the belongings, together with the paints, chemicals for the production of paints and furniture, were consumed by the fire.

Source: Ghanaian Times/Ghana
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