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Gas Explosion Kills Farmer In Axim

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A 70-year-old rubber farmer at Axim in the Western Region met his untimely death last Tuesday evening in a gas explosion which occurred in the ancient fishing town at about 6pm.

The deceased, popularly called Uncle Kwesi, died when he was allegedly hit by part of an exploded gas cylinder, cutting off his head cap instantly.

This was after he had returned from his farm and was trying to remove his sandals while sitting on a bench in his house at Solo in the Tolanu Electoral area in Axim.

The explosion, according to sources, occurred when some students of Axim Girls Senior High School threw their gas cylinder out of their hostel upon realising it had caught fire.

Narrating how the alleged incident occurred in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, an eyewitness, Frank Okpyen, noted that the girls numbering about four went to fill their gas cylinder and started cooking at their rented apartment when the incident happened.

He indicated that as the students were cooking, the gas cylinder, which was obviously leaking, caught fire and the girls started calling some friends to help extinguish it. He said all attempts to put out the fire proved futile as the flames started growing out of control.

'The girls out of fear for their lives quickly threw the cylinder out of their kitchen when they noticed that they could not do anything about it,' he added.

He pointed out that later, the gas cylinder exploded and part of it traversed about 400 metres and hit the 70-year-old farmer who had just returned from his farm, killing him instantly.

According to the eyewitness, the head cap of the old man was completely cut off, adding that it was a horrific scene to behold.

He stated that the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Axim hospital morgue.

It would be recalled that in June 2012 a premix fuel tanker exploded at Bawire and Akyinim, a twin-fishing community near Axim, claiming the lives of more than 10 people.

In that incident four persons died on the spot when their bodies were charred beyond recognition while 29 others sustained various degrees of burns after the explosion at the premix fuel dump.

The victims were identified as fisher folks who went to Axim on a fishing expedition.

Most of the injured were rushed to the Axim Government Hospital, while others were referred to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi for further medical care.

Others had to be airlifted to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital due to the critical nature of their burns.

 From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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