From Marlvin-James Dadzie, Takoradi
About Thirty-One persons including six personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) yesterday sustained various degrees of injury during a gas explosion at the GHUMCO Aluminum Company in Takoradi, in the Western Region, exactly sixteen years after the Accra Sports Stadium disaster that claimed close to 150 lives.
Two of the six GNFS personnel are in critical condition and arrangements are being made by the Western Regional Police Command to airlift them to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra for treatment.
Many of the victims have are on admission at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi whiles others have been sent to the Ghana Ports and Habour Authorities (GPHA) Hospital.
The victims include 25 civilians many of who were pedestrians and passersby moving along the Takoradi-Sekondi stretch of the road when the fire spread from the company facility onto the road.
So far, most of the victims, who sustained severe injuries are said to be responding to treatment except two of the GNFS personnel whose condition had been described as critical.
Western Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GNFS, Emmanuel Bonney, said the six GNFS personnel sustained the injury whiles fighting the fire after the explosion which occurred at about 7:20 am.
He explained that the explosion occurred during the discharge of gas from a tanker into another facility at the GHUMCO premises, stating that, a fracture occurred in the transmission resulting in the explosion.
The tanker which was discharging the gas has been destroyed whiles parts of GHUMCO facility have also been razed down. Portions of a warehouse stocked with consumable products near the GHUMCO facility have also been burnt.