Six dead in Ghana gas station explosion

Massive gas explosion at petrol station in Ghana sends residents fleeing

Several people have been killed after a tanker exploded at a petrol station in the capital of Ghana.

Explosions at the natural gas station that forced residents to flee late Saturday could be heard across the city and caused a massive fire ball.

Mr Hamid also expressed government's condolences with the bereaved families and wished the injured victims speedy recovery. "There are quite a number also injured".

Billy Angalatey, spokesman, Ghana national fire service, said: "As we speak, six people are dead due to this fire".

While authorities will deal with the backlash and politics of regulation later on, in the meantime, they have responded quickly with over 200 law enforcement and fire service personnel deployed to the blast zone. This has led to many people being affected.

An explosion at a petrol station in Accra in 2015 killed around 100 people who had sought shelter from flooding nearby.

Reports suggest a tanker delivering natural gas caught fire. Almost 1 500 people had signed it by late morning on Sunday.

Abena Awuku, a Ghanaian living in the Netherlands, proposed the measures on the change.org site, saying fuel stations were "all disasters waiting to happen and the time to act is now". ". We are going to have to come out with a clear policy on how to prevent such incidents". "It will determine whether it's a failure of regulations, it's an accident or something else", he added.

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