Tragedy in Ghana as Gas Station Explodes

Six people have died and dozens more injured following an explosion at a filling station in an Accra suburb; yesterday.

A spokesperson for the Ghana National Fire Service Mr Billy Anaglatey addressed a press conference where he disclosed that a total number of six people have died so far, with thirty five more people injured and hospitalised. Four of those hospitalised are in critical conditions, he said.

The cause of the blast is yet unknown. But investigations are currently underway to that effect.

Meanwhile, properties valued at millions of Cedis were also damaged during the inferno which lasted throughout much of the night. Eye witness accounts narrated how a gas tanker had first gone up in flames before a secondary explosion occurred which sent thick flames billowing into the sky.

According to reports, the filling station is close to a bus terminal and several hostels where students of the University of Ghana lived.

This is unfortunately not the first time an explosion of this nature has rocked the West African country. And this [perhaps] explains why many people are enraged in the wake of this latest tragedy. Online petitions have already been signed calling for more safety measures to be put in place across all the filling stations and industries in the country.

 

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