At Least 6 Dead From Gas Station Explosions in Ghana

Oct 09, 2017, 00:27
At Least 6 Dead From Gas Station Explosions in Ghana

Dr Bawumia, who visited some hospitals that received the casualties including the Legon, 37 Military, Ridge and the Police hospitals, extended condolences to the bereaved families, and wished those who had been injured speedy recovery.

Two fuel stations, including a gas refill station at the Madina Junction, caught fire leading to the destruction of several properties and loss of lives.

While authorities will deal with the backlash and politics of regulation later on, in the meantime, they have responded quickly with over 200 law enforcement and fire service personnel deployed to the blast zone. There were also 35 injured and five were in intensive care overnight. This has led to many people being affected.

Legon is a suburb of the capital, and is also home to the main campus of the University of Ghana.

Fire crews were still at the scene on Sunday morning, damping down the stricken tanker with water.

A witness said the fire began at a station that sells liquefied natural gas and spread to a petrol station across the street.

The explosion has kicked off a debate about the location of gas stations in residential areas.

A petition was created addressed to Akufo-Addo, demanding better regulation and inspection of existing and proposed facilities.

Ghanaians have been reacting to the fire on Twitter. "It will determine whether it's a failure of regulations, it's an accident or something else", he added.

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