Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ghana gas station explosions kill number of people

Ghana gas station explosions kill number of people

At least six people have been confirmed dead with dozens injured in the Madina Atomic Junction gas explosion that occurred on Saturday night in Accra, Ghana.

The blasts happened at Atomic Junction, near the Legon suburb in north-west Accra, Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglatey said.

Authorities said the fires were later brought under control.

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

The tragedy scene remain cordoned off with major roads in the area closed to traffic until Monday, said Ghana's Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

A witness said the fire began at a station that sells liquefied natural gas and spread to a petrol station across the street.

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

"There was some panic and we all just moved away from the scene", George Agbey, who was near the explosion, told The Associated Press. "It was like refugees moving away from a war-torn zone".

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.

Homes have been evacuated around the city.

About six people perished following the gas explosion that occurred on Saturday while others sustained various degrees of injury.

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