Monday, 19 February, 2018

Several killed in Ghana petrol station explosion

Accra explosion TWITTERAccra explosion The fire was so large witnesses could feel the heat from miles away
Ellis Copeland | 08 October, 2017, 10:52

A huge explosion has rocked a gas station in Ghana's capital of Accra, claiming the lives of an unknown number of people, and triggering the evacuation of a large number of local residents, police and government officials say.

Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglate said investigations were underway and it was too early to determine the exact cause of the fire. Videos on social media showed giant balls of flames that set the night sky aglow. He cautioned that emergency responders had not been able to access a convenience store at the gas station and said it was unclear whether anyone was inside.

Ghana's deputy information minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said the fire had been controlled and firefighters were now controlling the second explosion.

But he said people with "various degrees of injury" were being treated in hospital.

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"There was some panic and we all just moved away from the scene", George Agbey, who was near the explosion, told The Associated Press.

A fuel tanker burns at a petrol station near Accra.

All adjoining communities in the area of the incident have been working with rescue officials to bring the fire under control.

The two explosions sent a fireball into the nighttime sky and could be heard across the city of some 7 million people.

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