Fire gutted the Timber Market at La in the Greater Accra Region around 0230 hours on Sunday, destroying property estimated at millions of Ghana cedis and rendering a number of people homeless.
An eye-witness, Nii Kofi Abrah III, sub-chief of Asere Kotopon of La and resident of the area said he woke up around 0230 hours and saw a thick cloud of smoke around a nearby local restaurant.
He said he raised the alarm and with the support and ingenuity of Mr George Gogoe, a fire officer in the area the fire was brought under control until the arrival of a fire tender from the Ghana National Fire Service Headquarters in Accra to curb the disaster.
The Leader of the Fire Brigade, Fire Officer Nii Amarh Ashietey told the GNA that the cause of the fire is not known.
Mr Ago Tetteh, an opinion leader of the area, has appealed to the National Disaster Management Organisation to come to the aid of the affected persons.