Michel Camp Armoury Catches Fire

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Loud explosions were heard on Wednesday dawn at the armoury of the Michel Camp Barracks, the base of the First Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces.

Witnesses say they heard a loud noise shortly after huge flames engulfed the armoury at the military base in Tema, in the Greater Accra Region.

Residents in the bordering communities have to evacuate to safer grounds. People were heading towards Aflao, Tema, Afienya and Apollonia.

A junior military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Base Ammunition Depot (BAD), as it is known, holds a large consignment of explosives.

The fire is said to have started a little after midnight, followed by the loud explosions.

”I stood by my window to witness everything. My husband rushed out to check because initially, we thought it was one our neighbour’s house on fire. So he came back to confirm it was actually the arms depot…” a nursing mother narrated.

The explosions were very scary. It felt like earthquake at some point. I’m still shaking and have to hold my baby to ensure our safety. I could see my neighbours driving out in fear,” another resident said.

No death has been reported.

Military chiefs from the Ghana Armed Forces say they are unsure what triggered the fire.

Firefighters battled the fire for at least two hours before bringing the situation under control.

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