Goil fire disaster Security agencies investigate cigarette smoker over GOIL fire

Hundreds of Ghanaians lost their lives on June 3 after the GOIL filling station caught fire amidst heavy rains

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Security agencies are investigating one Seth Kwesi Ofosu for allegedly starting the June 3, fire explosion which killed about 154 people and left dozens injured.

Seth Kwesi Ofosu allegedly dropped a lit “cigarette stub onto the floating fuel”causing the fire during the flood.

This was revealed by a five member committee set up to investigate the cause of the disaster presented their report to Interior Minister Mark Woyongo.

The committee headed by Justice Douse, a retired Court of Appeal judge was to assess the cost of damage as result of the disaster and make recommendations.

The suspect is assisting with investigations to prove whether his action was deliberate or not.

The committee's report is based o information from individuals who appeared before the committee to assist with the investigations.

The report said five houses, including the Goil filling station suffered various degree of damages valued at GHS 1,658,847.00.

Mr. Douse said seventeen motor vehicles including a fuel tanker, a mini mart located within the filling station, Bediako Pharmacy and Honest Chef Restaurant were all burnt beyond repairs.

The committed added that all properties burnt were not insured with the exception of the Goil fuel station.

Committee's recommendations

The committee recommended the complete dredging of the Odaw River which is ongoing. It also recommended a ban on the use of plastic as carrier bags.

Standardized training, certification and licensing of fuel stations attendants were also recommended.

They also among other things suggested a compulsory fitting of refuse baskets on all commercial vehicles.

Chairman of the committee said the suggestions are to avoid similar disasters in the future.

Interior minister Mark Woyongo commended the committee for the work done and promised to forward the report to President Mahama.

Pulse.com.gh (additional information from GNA)

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