Beverly Afaglo. Inset: The back of the burnt property
Popular Ghanaian actress Beverly Afaglo’s residence at Tema Community 9 was burnt to ashes after fire gutted the house on Monday.
Fire Service personnel were at the scene but they were unable to douse the fire until the entire house was completely burnt together with a lot of other valuables.
In an interview with Accra-based radio, Hitz FM, on Tuesday, the beautiful actress suspected her mother started the fire. According to her, she has been traumatised and hasn’t been eating after the fire.
“My mom has a garden at the back of the house. I mean a woman who is almost 80, she is always bored and she wants to do garden stuff. So she always goes to the farm, that’s what she calls it. On Monday she went to do her regular farming and gathered some weeds to burn. According to her, the fire had gone down and so she left it to go and relax,” she narrated.
She continued that later on her house help discovered smoke at her (Beverly) side of the building and she quickly drew the attention of the mother. They both rushed to the back of the house only to see fire razing the whole place.
“My mother was traumatised, she couldn’t leave the house. She hasn’t been able to eat. She feels very sorry for the situation. We don’t want to talk too much about it because this is something that we always tell her to stop burning but she always says after burning she will make sure the fire is off. Our concern was with smoke not fire,” she disclosed.
Though the family suspected the fire emanated from bushfire, she indicated that they are also waiting on the Fire Service department to finish its own investigations to ascertain the cause.
Beverly is however not happy with the Fire Service because she said they arrived at the scene on time with water but they couldn’t douse the fire. She alleged that they complained about too much smoke in the house, something she expected them to have mechanism to handle as firefighters.
“I was just standing there crying because everything was going. I couldn’t take anything, not even my passport. Nothing. How I went out in my slippers. It wasn’t like I was even going out for a function that I will say I was dressed. I was just wearing a T-Shirt and leggings with my handbag, sunglasses and my face mask. That was all. Everything was gone,” she indicated.
She said she is currently staying at her sister’s place to plan her next move.
Asked how people can support her, she said, “I don’t know ooo. So anything is welcomed. I need to start building again. I need to get a place to stay. Yes, I am staying at my sister’s house, yes we all have rooms I’m comfortable but there is nothing like you having your own place.”