The number of people killed in the Saturday night gas explosion at a fuel station in Ghana’s capital city Accra has gone up to six, with 35 injured, deputy spokesman of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Prince Billy Anaglate told Xinhua on Sunday.
According to him, the death toll keeps increasing as more casualty figures keep coming from the hospitals, saying the GNFS will communicate the new official figures later.
He added that the fire had been completely put out by 6 a.m. local time Sunday, but there is still boiling gas in one of the tankers. “So we continue to cool it down till the temperature goes below burning point, then it can be siphoned.” he said.
The explosion, which occurred at around 7:30 p.m. local time (1930 GMT), was due to a leak when a truck was discharging liquefied gas at a filling station, according to eyewitnesses.
When the truck driver realized there was a leak, he immediately alerted people around, who had started running before the resounding double explosions sent fire balls into the sky, they added.
“A significant number of people got injured and are receiving treatment in various health facilities, but unfortunately some have also passed away,” Deputy Minister for Information Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah told Xinhua earlier.
All adjoining communities in the area of the incident have been working with rescue officials to bring the fire under control. Enditem