People Seen Running Following Gas Explosion in Accra

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A major gas explosion hit Accra, Ghana's capital city, leaving at least three people dead and more around 35 injured.

A gas tanker is believed to have exploded at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station in the Legon suburb, causing a petrol station across the street to go up in flames near the city's Atomic Junction.

Two fuel stations, including a gas refill station at the Madina Junction, caught fire leading to the destruction of several properties and loss of lives.

Akufo-Addo said he sent Vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia to visit the scene of the tragedy Sunday, adding the government is committed "to ensure such an incident does not occur again". "And the ambulance services assisted us to move all the injured persons to a number of medical facilities round".

More than 200 police personnel were also deployed to help cordon off the area of the explosion, making it hard to access. This has led to many people being affected.

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Fire crews were still at the scene on Sunday morning, damping down the stricken tanker with water.

The first blast reportedly triggered a second explosion and a fire at a petrol station nearby.

The filling station is near a transport terminal and close to some hostels for the University of Ghana in Accra. Almost 1 500 people had signed it by late morning on Sunday. The petition is asking for stations to be situated "at least 50 meters away from residences and 100 meters from schools and hospitals need to enforce these rules".

Ghanaians have been reacting to the fire on Twitter.

"These deaths could have easily been prevented, so let's prevent them from ever occurring again in the future".