‘Regency Hotel Yet To Receive Fire Report’

Disappointed by the work of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in dousing the inferno that engulfed a section of the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra two months ago, Events Manager of the facility, Hugo Huppenbauer, says his outfit was yet to receive a report on the fire incident from GNFS.

Mr. Huppenbauer said the section that was razed down by the fire outbreak included GN Bank, Gold Coast Securities, Amansan Television (ATV), Business Television Africa (BTA), a a salon shop and some other offices.

However, he said the main hotel was not affected by the fire outbreak and business had since picked up well after the incident.

He indicated that the fire outbreak greatly affected business as people thought it was the main hotel that was gutted by the fire.

“That was devastating. Who wants to hear bad news in terms of fire? But let me point out that it did not affect the main hotel building. The fire only affected the wooden structure at the car park area towards the swimming pool of the hotel that had offices of GN Bank, Gold Coast Securities and other offices,” he said.

“The hotel has been in operation 24 hours after the incident. We are still in business offering our services. It was bad and we have never seen such a disaster before but we are back in business,” he stressed.

When quizzed about the response of the GNFS to the incident, Mr. Huppenbauer said the Fire Service was ill-equipped and handicapped.

He remarked in disbelief at the GNFS’s inability to put out the fire which lasted for about five hours.

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