2 Die In Tema Explosion
Two workers of Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC) in Tema, Greater Accra Region, reportedly burnt to death following an explosion which occurred at the premises of the company.
Five other workers of Ghana's largest processor and exporter of tuna products sustained various degrees of injury and are currently battling for their lives at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The Sunday incident was said to have occurred when a steam boiler of the company exploded.
Though the cause of the explosion is yet to be established, maintenance workers say they heard an explosion at the steam boiler – the major machine that provides steam for almost all the machines leading to the fire.
Immediately the incident occurred, workers on night shift were asked to go home; and some of the workers feared being laid off as a result of the incident.
Divisional Officer (DO) Osafo Effum, Tema Deputy Regional Fire Service Commander, explained that his outfit received a distress call from the company at about 1:30 pm about a fire incident.
According to him, fire personnel were quickly dispatched to the scene, adding that the fire was brought under control after some few minutes.
He said after the fire was put off, two charred bodies were found at the scene and handed over to the police.
According to him, four other injured persons were rushed to the Tema General Hospital before being referred to another health facility.
However, management of the company was tight-lipped over the incident.
According to a management member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, they were waiting for police report before they would come out with any information.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema