Five family members of the Pastor of the Dansoman District of the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church, including his wife and his three-week-old baby boy, were burnt to death in a fire that engulfed their home at Dansoman Akokofoto in Accra yesterday.
Apart from the nursing mother and her baby, who was yet to be given a name, Pastor Ebenezer Ato Kessie lost another child, his 65-year-old mother-in-law and his wife’s nine-year-old niece.
Information gathered showed that Pastor Kessie’s mother-in-law, Grace Ampah, and the nine-year-old girl, Precious Pokuaa, had visited Mrs. Linda Kessie to help her take care of the newborn baby.
The fire, started about 5 a.m. yesterday and was brought under control by firemen from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) around 9 a.m.
Pastor Kessie, who is also the Assistant Communications Director of the Accra City Conference of the SDA, had gone for a camp meeting and was, therefore, not in the house when the tragedy struck his family.
The bodies of the five deceased persons have been deposited at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital morgue.
The cause of the fire was yet to be identified as of the time of going to press.