Thursday, June 4, 2015

UPDATED: Accra Floods; Death Toll Climbs To Nearly 200...In Goil Filling Station Fire

The death toll in Wednesday's floods-induced fuel station fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, has climbed to nearly 200. 

Officials of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) initially put the death toll at 96, but more bodies were recovered from the scene Thursday morning. 

A GOIL fuel filling station located near the GCB bank towers at Circle in Accra exploded after it caught fire unexpectedly, destroying several houses and shops including a drugstore and a forex bureau.


Several vehicles parked at the fuel station and commuters who were taking shelter during the rainstorm at the filling station and bus stop all perished in the explosion.

Scattered burnt bodies, debris from burnt houses, vehicles and goods were evidence of Wednesday’s blazing fire that is said to have happened around 10pm. 

It is unclear what could have started the fire but Agya Kwabena, Peace FM's Senior Reporter, who was at the scene, quotes eyewitnesses as saying the fire trapped many who had sought refuge from the torrential rains that had cut off several communities from major roads.

According to him, the police, military and NADMO officers are still on a rescue mission, as the nation still counts the cost.

Meanwhile, some of the victims who survived the inferno after being rescued have been admitted at the 37 Military Hospital for treatment of burns.

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