At Least 6 Dead From Gas Station Explosions in Ghana


A massive explosion has gone off at a petrol station in Ghana's capital, Accra, according to witnesses.

Ghana's deputy information minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said it was "too early to give any figures" on the number injured and dead. "And the ambulance services assisted us to move all the injured persons to a number of medical facilities round".

A witness said the fire began at a station that sells liquefied natural gas and spread to a petrol station across the street. "It was like refugees moving away from a war-torn zone".

Several eyewitnesses said they had counted four or five bodies, although some bodies could have already been removed from the scene.

Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze, which apparently engulfed at least one fuel tanker.

More than 200 police personnel were also sent to help cordon off the area of the explosion, making it hard to access.

The fire is said to have started at about 7 p.m on Saturday night and lasted for many hours.

Dramatic video of the explosion late Saturday posted on social media showed a blazing mushroom cloud.

Further, Accra city officials warned of an explosion in the Legon and Madina areas around on Twitter.

In 2015, an explosion in the capital city killed about 150 people who were seeking shelter from seasonal rains and flooding at a gas station.

Like many teeming African cities, Accra's infrastructure has failed to keep up with its population, which has shot up to 7 million.