Blaze destroys Rawlings' home

2010-02-14 19:55

Accra - Fire destroyed the home of former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings in Accra early on Sunday, witnesses and family members said.

His wife and daughter were in the cream-coloured residence when the blaze broke out at dawn, but escaped unhurt, an AFP correspondent said. According to his family, the ex-president was not in Accra.

However, an aide said his personal effects had been destroyed in the blaze.

"It is very sad that no personal effects of the former first family was retrieved. Everything got burnt," Kofi Adams said.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but the head of Accra fire service, Prince Anaglate told journalists an inquiry was underway.

Rawlings stepped down from the presidency in 2001 after ruling the west African country for more than two decades, first as a coup leader and then as elected president.