AFRICA/GUINEA - At least 8 dead after fuel depot explodes in residential area

Monday, 18 December 2023 accidents   fires  

Conakry (Agenzia Fides) - At least eight people were killed and just over eighty injured and a residential area was completely devastated. This is the sad conclusion of the major fire that broke out on the night of December 17th to 18th in a fuel depot in Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea. The disaster occurred around midnight at the main hydrocarbon depot of Guinea's state oil company in Kaloum, the administrative and commercial district of Conakry. Thick smoke and reddish flames rose into the night sky as residents fled the fire area. To facilitate the arrival of emergency vehicles, public workers were asked to stay at home, while public schools and gas stations remained closed, except for those used by police and emergency services. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear, but residents' statements have for years highlighted the risks associated with the hydrocarbon field's proximity to their homes. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 18/12/2023)