Death toll in Ghana’s explosion hits seven

Death toll in Ghana’s explosion hits seven

Three more victims of Friday morning’s fuel station blast in south-western Ghana have died, bringing the number of lives lost to seven, Xinhua learnt at the weekend.

Seven of the victims were airlifted to the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra on Friday, but hospital authorities said three with advanced stages of burns died between Friday night and Saturday morning.

According to the director of the country’s Burns Centre, Opoku Ware Ampomah, the seven victims who were flown to the centre had second and third degree burns with inhalational injuries having inhaled the fumes during the blast and the subsequent flames.

Four people lost their lives, while 25 others suffered various degrees of burns when a pre-mix fuel tank exploded at Axim, near Ghana’s western port city of Takoradi, 218 kilometres west of the capital.

The police told Xinhua in Takoradi that the underground fuel tank containing the pre-mix fuel had exploded and burst into flames torching the clothes of the people around the facility.

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