Gas explosion injures at least 80 in Ghana

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At least 80 people have been injured in an explosion at a factory in the Western Regional capital of Takoradi in Ghana, the country’s state news agency said.

Assistant Divisional Officer of the Ghana National Fire Services Emmanuel Bonney told state news that a tanker was discharging liquefied petroleum gas at the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company factory when the explosion occurred early on Tuesday. He said six fire service personnel present to control the situation were caught in the explosion, and one was critically injured.

Bonney said some 37 critically injured were airlifted to the military hospital in the capital, Accra, while at least 25 people were sent to hospitals nearby.

Ghana News Agency also reported a warehouse was burned down in the fire.

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