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Gas explosion rocks Ghana's capital Accra, causing fatalities: government


A natural gas station in Ghana’s capital Accra exploded on Saturday evening, killing an unknown number of people, a government official said, APA reports quoting Reuters.

 

“Unfortunately there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers,” Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a local radio station. “There are quite a number also injured.”

 

He said the initial blaze was largely under control and that about 200 police officers had deployed to the scene.

 

The explosion at around 7:30 p.m. local time (1930 GMT) began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street at the city’s Atomic Junction, a Reuters witness said.

 

Frightened residents ran from the explosion, which sent a giant fireball high into the sky above the city, and at least six fire trucks and several ambulances were deployed to the scene.

 

An explosion at a petrol station in Accra in 2015 killed around 100 who had sought shelter nearby from flooding in the country’s worst disaster in more than a decade.

 

Infrastructure in Accra, a city of roughly 7 million people, has failed to keep pace with population growth after years of rapid economic expansion.

 

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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