A domestic fire that occurred in their home at Asuoyeboah in the Ashanti Region early on Tuesday morning claimed the lives of a mother and her two children.
The number of people who have died in comparable circumstances within the Region in the past month now stands at 7.
Residents made an early attempt to save the 48-year-old Felicia and her two children, Obed Owusu, 11, and Christabel Owusu, 9, but they were unable to escape the fire’s fury.
“We are in shock with the intensity of the fire even though it was raining at the time of the incident. We thought the rain will minimize the impact but within minutes, the entire 10-bedroom apartment was engulfed with fire and our effort to try and save them proved futile,” an eyewitness, Edward Osei, said.
“They all got trapped and couldn’t come through the window because of the burglar-proof. However, the man of the house managed to escape because he was in a separate room. He decided to go back and rescue his family but to no avail. He later sustained some severe burns and was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment.”
The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the KATH morgue, awaiting autopsy.
This is the third fatal domestic fire in the Ashanti Region.
The first occurred at Ohwim, where a pregnant woman and her two sons were burnt to death in their 3-bedroom apartment on Tuesday, August 16.
Then, there was another one at Aburaso, where a 74-year-old former director of Audit Service in his 5-bedroom house was burnt on Saturday, September 10.
In all these incidents, the Ghana National Fire Service is still investigating to unravel the causes.