TWO PERSONS were last Wednesday seriously burnt after an explosion occurred in a fuel tanker yard at the Heavy Industrial Area near the Driver’s Vehicle and Licensing Authority office in Tema.
The two persons, who sustained various degrees of injury, were identified as Eric Boye, a 25-year-old resident of Ashaiman Lebanon and Jerry Odai, a 28-year-old Ashaiman Valco Flat resident.
The two fire victims were said to be illegal fuel dealers, popularly known as ‘Belebele Boys’. They were siphoning petrol from a fuel tanker with a pumping machine when something suddenly went wrong which led to an explosion.
Aside from the two persons sustaining various degrees of injury, over 15 fuel tanks, gallons and fuel tankers loaded with petrol were completely destroyed in the blazing furnace which sparked at about 2:30 pm.
Jerry and Eric after the explosion were rushed to the Narh Bita Hospital at Community Four Tema. One of them was later transferred to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after medics at the first hospital had assessed his injury.
The Tema Regional Fire Service personnel were at the scene to bring the fire under control.
Benjamin Armah, a worker at the scene, mentioned that he was at work when he heard the explosion in the yard and quickly rushed there when he saw smoke accompanied by fire coming out of the place.
According to him, he rushed to the scene to help send the injured persons to the nearest hospital for medical attention before the fire service personnel arrived.
Mr Nii Gilford Tetteh Adam, Tema Regional Fire Service Commander, also told DAILY GUIDE that he was at the office when he received a call about the incident. He quickly put a team together and rushed to the scene to bring the situation under control.
According to him, the fire sparked as a result of illegal fuel dealers siphoning fuel from the fuel tanker with a pump which caught fire and quickly spread to the tanks containing petrol and diesel.
Mr Gilford advised the illegal fuel dealers to desist from the unlawful acts in order to preserve life and property.
The Tema Community One District Police Commander, Superintendent Victor Amedeker and his team of police officers were there to keep security at the place.