Explosion at gas station in Ghana leaves six dead

Massive gas explosion at petrol station in Ghana sends residents fleeing

The explosion occurred at the state station of liquefaction of natural gas GOIL and quickly spread to the petrol station Total, which is on the opposite side of the street.

People were seen running to the safer place after the explosion happened.

The explosion which happened at Atomic junction, which set the petrol station on fire, despite the heavy rain as at the time. "There are quite a number also injured".

An AFP correspondent said the area had been cordoned off. Fire crews and ambulances were at the scene.

The Accra city authorities warned people to avoid the area.

In all, seven persons, as at midday Sunday, had been confirmed dead, with as many as 130 people suffering varying degrees of injuries.

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The Fire Service's Deputy Director of Public Relations, Billy Anaglatey, has noted his outfit's need for helicopters to fight fires, following the massive gas explosion at Atomic Junction. ". We are going to have to come out with a clear policy on how to prevent such incidents".

The fire which was reported to have started at about 7 pm on Saturday night also caught an adjacent filling station and setting ablaze many vehicles at a nearby taxi and commercial buses hub.

Meanwhile, a new petition addressed to Akufo-Addo demanded better regulation and inspection of existing and proposed facilities, including siting them at least 50 metres from homes and 100 metres from schools and hospitals.

Ghanaians have been reacting to the fire on Twitter.

He said 10 people had been injured in the chaos of people fleeing.

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