Anger in Ghana after six die in fuel station fire, blasts

Accra explosion

The massive explosion occurred at the MANSCO gas station at Atomic Junction near the University of Ghana, resulting in a blackout and sparking widespread pandemonium in surrounding areas.

"Currently an overnight police and emergency service providers have cordon off the entire place and managed to subdue the fire within about the first 3 hours".

"Some people said there were flames in the skies, l looked and saw the flames and was convinced something awful had happened", said James Appiah, a resident of North Legon, about half a mile from the explosion.

The explosion began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a total petrol station across the street. "And the ambulance services assisted us to move all the injured persons to a number of medical facilities round".

"It is early days yet to give any figures" on the number injured or dead, he said, adding there were casualties.

But he said people with "various degrees of injury" were being treated in hospital.

Huge explosions have rocked a fuel depot in Ghana's capital Accra, killing at least three people.

Many of those evacuated were students at the University of Ghana, which is sited in the area.

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

The Accra city officials took to social media to make people aware of the explosion.

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