3 Killed In Tema Explosion

The incident occurred in what was said to be a tye and dye manufacturing factory in the premises of the house of the Akyim Takyiman chief in Tema. Osabarima, who happens to be the owner of the factory, was reportedly inspecting work being done when the incident occurred.

Body parts of some of the victims, whose names were given as Kofi and Kwaku – workers of the company – and that of Osabirima Appiah Danso II, were seen scattered in the premises, roof top and compound of neighbours whose properties were reportedly damaged by the deadly blast.

Two persons, Bernard Alex Ansah, 58 and Michael Oduro Debrah, 25, who survived the explosion, but were receiving treatment at the Emergency and Accident Unit of the Tema General Hospital, as another victim, Shepherd, is said to be in critical condition.

Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicated that the explosion might have been caused by a gas cylinder and gun powder believed to be used by the company for the tye and dye business.

When DAILY GUIDE arrived at the scene, blood and body parts of the victims were seen scattered in the house.

Chemicals in gallons, drums and buckets were also spotted on the ground which had been smeared with chemicals of different colours.

Officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), some members of the Ghana Armed Forces, personnel from the Tema Region Police Command, some workers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Fire Service, were at the scene to help with the situation.

The lifeless bodies were conveyed to the Police Hospital in Accra for autopsy.

Divisional Officer Grade III (DO 3) William Abeka Blankson, the Metropolitan Fire Officer, speaking to DAILY GUIDE , confirmed that the explosion, which occurred at about 12:30 pm, killed four persons who had their bodies scattered.

According to him, preliminary investigation by his outfit showed that the cause of the explosion, which some people attributed to a gas cylinder, could not be true. He said it might have been caused by explosive chemicals such as costic soda and reactive dyes.

 From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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