Committee To Probe TOR Fire

Committee members will be drawn from the Energy Ministry, National Security and the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).

Emmanuel Kofi Buah, Minister of Energy, who announced the decision to set up to investigate the cause of the leakage, safety measures put in place, among other issues, noted that the committee is expected to complete its work within a week and submit its report to his ministry.

According to him, the committee would ensure the swift repair of the damaged pipelines to avoid shortage of fuel to consumers in the country.

He added that the committee should ascertain whether measures could have been put in place to avoid the disaster, which led to the destruction of property and the death of a certain Kofi Mensah, a 32-year-old auto-electrician who resides at New York near Ashaiman.

According to reports, a pipeline connected to the Tema Harbour for the transport of petroleum product was said to have leaked and some workers in the Heavy Industrial Area in Tema moved to the area where the fire started.

The fire led to an explosion, which damaged an electricity cable, which fell on certain Mensah who allegedly attempted to escape.

But family members and colleagues of Mensah have denied claims that he siphoned fuel from the pipeline.

Four fire tenders from various institutions stormed the area to bring the situation under control for close to three hours.

Initially, fire personnel and bystanders had to run helter-skelter to protect their lives.

 From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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