Ghana’s security forces and emergency services have succeeded in dousing a deadly fuel fire that killed about 100 people Wednesday night, as scores of people thronged a petrol station to shelter from rains.
According to local reports, people, most of whom were sheltering at the filing station, were burned beyond recognition.
A witness told VibeGhana.com that many residents affected by Wednesday’s heavy rain and flooding had taken cover in buildings surrounding the gas station and thus the reason for the heavy toll.
“Water was everywhere in Accra and last night many people were around this area, so a generator blew nearby and the fire started. The explosion happened very fast and there were screams for help.
“The fire travelled through the water to reach the gas station. When it flooded I think the gas container underground busted so it mixed it with the flood water,” the news website quoted the witness.
Similarly, the fire brigade spokesman Billy Anaglate said the disaster was caused by a fire at a nearby lorry terminal. It spread to the state-run GOIL petrol station via spilled fuel floating on flood water.
“It was an explosive fire and so the people sheltering at the filling station did not have an opportunity to escape,” he added.
Ghana last experienced tragedy that killed scores 14 years ago in May 2011 stampede at the national stadium during a soccer match.
President John Mahama said he was heartbroken by the loss of life. He blamed the floods partly on people building homes and businesses on waterways, blocking the city’s drainage systems.