A Graphic Online report indicates that the catastrophic fire at a Goil Filling station at Circle in Accra Wednesday, which killed over 100 people, was sparked by a lightning which struck a house close to the filling station.
On another day, the death toll would not have been that high, but following torrential rains which caused flooding in several parts of Accra Wednesday night, many people had sought refuge at the filling station to escape the flood waters from the overflowing Odaw River and uncovered drains, when the lightning struck, triggering the explosion.
The flood waters in the area had been laden with huge quantities of petrol and diesel from the fuel station’s storage tank, which was said to have been breached by the floods.
The resulting scene was that of devastation, as charred bodies littered what remained of the fuel station.
Some of those burnt had their intestines gushing out, while others were headless, with their limbs completely burnt.
President John Mahama who described the incident as ‘catastrophic’, has declared a three-day mourning period – beginning from Monday in honour of the victims fire and others who died in floods in other parts of Accra.
He also announced Thursday night that GHC50 million had been allocated to cover relief and humanitarian operations, detailing and clearing of water ways and repair of infrastructure.
The combined death toll in the fire and floods has now surpassed 150.
Source: Graphic Online