Two persons aged seven and fifteen years old, among some sixteen persons caught up in a premix fuel explosion, have, this morning, succumbed to their injuries barely twenty-four hours after they, were sent to the EFfia Nkwanta Regional Hospital.

The deceased is among 13 victims who were sent to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital while the other three are at the Saint Benedict Hospital, Inchaban.

According to the assembly member of Mempeasem – Ngyeresia electoral area, Gabriel Ato Mensah, the incident happened at about 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2024, when some fishermen were transporting premix fuel in gallons to their canoes along the beach.

He indicated that due to the unavailability of an access route from the main road to the beach, the fisherfolks often roll barrels of fuel on the ground to the beach, however this time while transporting the fuel it exploded.

It is suspected that the fuel may have caught fire from a nearby fish oven.

The victims include 11 males and 5 females including children, meanwhile, four remain in critical condition.

The blaze also affected two stationary vehicles a Land Rover and an Opel Astra, and wooden structures around.

Fire personnel from the Western Region Headquarters of the Ghana National Fire Service reported to the scene promptly and brought the fire under control.

The Municipal Chief Executive for Sekondi Takoradi, Abdul Mumin Issah has since visited the victims.

Source: Ghana/ Amuah