Six dead in Ghana gas station explosion

09 October, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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Photo A natural gas station in Accra, the capital of Ghana, exploded on Saturday, killing at least one person, officials said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said the Akufo-Addo-led government will deal with fuel station explosions "once and for all".

"I would like everybody involved in the industry to recognise we will all have to make adjustments to be able to guarantee the safety and the security of our people so these things do not happen again", he said.

His reaction follows a gas explosion that occurred at Atomic Junction in Accra where 6 people are confirmed dead and 35 others injured.

Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglate said investigations were underway and it was too early to determine the exact cause of the fire.

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In December a year ago, a gas tanker caught fire in another residential area of Accra, creating a fireball that caused five deaths and damaged a nearby school. "There are quite a number also injured".

Homes have been evacuated around the city.

Witnesses said people had already begun fleeing the area ahead of the blast because of the pungent odour of gas - a factor that likely reduced casualties.

In May, an explosion at a factory in the Western Regional capital of Takoradi occurred as a tanker was discharging liquefied petroleum gas at the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company factory. "We pretty much have an idea of what we are going to do in terms of policy".

A small unit on a tower building at Ghana's parliament also caught fire in July, although the blaze did not cause major damage.

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