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People working at the gutted area in the Central Market

WORK IS being done at a faster rate to reconstruct the over 300 stalls that were recently gutted by an inferno at the Kumasi Central Market.

The ferocious fire was believed to have started around1:00am at a portion of the market where jewelleries were sold.

Within a spate of some few hours, the fire which travelled at a top speed, flattened about 300 stalls and other valuable items that were being kept in them.

When DAILY GUIDE visited the market about a week ago when the incident occurred, a sense of despondency was totally written on the faces of the traders whose items perished in the fire.

Affected traders were seen wailing uncontrollably, amid complaints that their main source of livelihood had been lost to the fire.

But during the paper?s visit to the market on Wednesday barely a week after the incident, there was a different scenario.

The debris had been cleared, paving way for construction work to start at the place where the fire gutted the stalls.

Scores of energetic men were seen busily carrying blocks and other building items to the construction site.

The paper learnt that the affected traders were reconstructing the stalls with their own resources and with some assistance from other identifiable groups.

Some of the affected traders who spoke on condition of anonymity said, ?If we decide to wait for the government to construct the stalls for us, we are afraid the construction work would be delayed.?

 FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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