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Ghana: Police officer, wife and 3-month-old baby burnt to death

Ghana: Police officer, wife and 3-month-old baby burnt to death
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Residents of Apromase in the Ashanti Region have suffered tragedy after a fire gutted the home of a police officer, killing him, his wife, and their three-month-old baby.

According to reports, Sergeant Owusu Asante Baafi, his wife, Yaa Achiaa, and their three-month-old baby were killed in the fire that destroyed their two-story apartment on Sunday night.
Prior to the tragic incident, the officer was assigned to the Ashanti Regional Police Command’s Anti-Robbery Unit.

A next-door neighbor told that they tried everything they could to save the victims, but their efforts were in vain.

"I heard a noise and came out of my room. I then noticed thick smoke billowing from the deceased's room and spreading to my room. I roused my two sons and rushed them downstairs. Some of the men who arrived attempted to break in and rescue the officer and his family, but were thwarted by the steel door and burglar-proof window. "Within minutes, the fire spread to all five apartments on the top floor," a distressed witness told the news website.

Police and firefighters responded to the scene and began investigations, while the bodies of the deceased were taken to the Living Waters hospital morgue.

Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), is said to be on his way to the Ashanti Region to console the bereaved family.


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