More than twenty-five (25) vehicles have been burnt beyond repairs as a result of the gas explosion which occurred at Madina Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon, in northeast Accra, at about 7:30pm on Saturday night.
Personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service disclosed that most of the vehicles are taxis considering the proximity of the scene of the fire incident to a taxi station within the area.
According to officials, owners of the some of the vehicles abandoned them at the mercy of the fire and fled for the lives at the heat of the explosion.
It is gathered that a tanker caught fire at the gas-filling station while discharging triggering two explosions which killed 3 unknown persons, while an official disclosed that 35 persons have been left with various burn injuries.
“Unfortunately, there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers,” Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a local radio station. “There are quite a number also injured.”
The explosion began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street, sending a giant fireball high into the night sky and forcing frightened residents including students of PRESEC to flee.