2 in critical condition after Apremdo fire explosion
Two persons are currently in critical condition, with a two-year-old baby unfortunately being burnt beyond recognition, after two tankers caught fire two days ago at the Apremdo Market in the Effia-Kwesimistim Municipality of the Western Region.
The two, who are all conductors in the two tankers which were awaiting a discharge directive, were in the vehicles when the fire broke. They managed to escape, but not without injuries. One of them whose injuries are very severe has been transferred to the Interberton Hospital in Cape Coast. The other is still on admission at the Salami clinic in Effiakuma, receiving treatment. The lifeless remains of the two-year-old baby was found lying in a container after the inferno had been contained.
Fire fighters struggled in fighting the explosion which lasted for over 3hours. Properties worth several millions of Ghana cedis were also destroyed.
Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in the Effia – Kwesimintsim Municipality of the Western Region, Mr. Henry Kwofie indicates in an interview with Skyy News that, the cause of the fire is still unknown, but authorities have commenced investigations into the incident.
“We do not know the cause of the fire. Investigations are still ongoing, but two persons who were affected are currently in critical condition. We are doing everything we can, to save their lives. Our heart goes out to the mother of the baby who lost her life during the outbreak,” Mr. Henry Kwofie indicated.
According to him, his outfit is in the process of counting the losses, so they can provide some relief items to the affected victims.
“For now, we don’t know the cost of the damages. We are still investigating to put a value on the properties which were destroyed. This will help us provide support for the affected victims,” he noted.