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Fire guts 12 tankers, offices … at Kpone near Tema

A huge fire on Wednesday night destroyed 12 fuel tankers and offices owned by Goodness Energy at a location in the Kpone farm land area.

The resulting conflagration which lit up and spewed thick smoke into the night sky for hours attracted scores of people to the scene.

The Tema Deputy Regional Fire Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Divisional Officer Grade I Timothy Affum said his outfit received a call at 7:30pm that there had been a fire outbreak at a tanker yard near the Kpone barrier and they proceeded immediately to the scene.

He said it took a team of 36 fire officers and men, six fire tenders and one water tanker seven hours to bring the fire under control, however on their way back they received a message that the fire had reignited prompting a return and a fierce fight for another five hours before the fire was put out completely.

D.O.I Affum said 10 out of the 12 tankers were burnt beyond redemption, adding that GNFS was investigating the cause of the fire.

An eye witness told the Ghanaian Times that a large explosion occurred in the yard followed by the fire.

According to him in the initial stages of the fire some drivers brazenly drove their tankers quickly out of the yard creating a huge traffic jam on the adjoining road.

In a related development officials of the National Petroleum Authority who went to the fire scene to assess the extent of damage could not do so because the yard was locked.

FROM GODFRED BLAY GIBBAH, TEMA.

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