Takoradi: Boy, 2, dies as oil tankers explode

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A two-year-old boy has died after a huge blaze ravaged three oil tankers in Ghana’s Western Regional capital, Takoradi.

The incident occurred on Wednesday at Apremdo, a suburb of Takoradi, about 191km South-West of Accra, the country’s capital city while the tankers were waiting to discharge near a fuel station.

Local firefighters were called to the scene in less than 30 minutes as the inferno razed at least seven container shops, including one which contained the victim, according to multiple media reports.

Images obtained by Dailymailgh.com appeared to show a large group of people carrying water receptacles in an attempt to douse the fire even before firefighters arrived at the scene.  

Photo Credit: Sky Power FM

Another image from the aftermath appear to show the area around the tanker littered with a charred body and  burned-out wreckage of unidentified items.

Western Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service DO3 Emmanuel Bonney said investigation has started as it still remains unclear what caused the fire.

The boy who was completely consumed in the fire was sleeping in one of the mobile money sales containers when the fire broke out, the Fire Spokesperson was quoted by CNR, adding: “We are now trying to get the Auntie we are to confirm if the boy is [related]”.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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