Several killed in Ghana capital gas explosions

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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.

Mr Hamid also expressed government's condolences with the bereaved families and wished the injured victims speedy recovery.

Two fuel stations, including a gas refill station at the Madina Junction, caught fire leading to the destruction of several properties and loss of lives.

"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". "There are quite a number also injured". This has led to many people being affected.

The initial blast occurred at the state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and then caused other explosions at a Total gas station across the street, causing an inferno that forced residents to flee.

School guard sets kids on fire
The guard had worked for at least eight years at the nursery school where he was not directly in contact with the children. President Michel Temer moved to twitter and posted, "I immensely regret this tragedy involving children in Janauba".

The blasts will likely revive memories of June 2015 when more than 150 people were killed as they sought shelter from seasonal rains and flooding at a petrol station.

A petition was created addressed to Akufo-Addo, demanding better regulation and inspection of existing and proposed facilities.

Proposals include siting filling stations at least 50 metres from homes and 100 metres from schools and hospitals.

Ghanaians have been reacting to the fire on Twitter. ". We are going to have to come out with a clear policy on how to prevent such incidents".

"There's an investigation that's starting".