About a dozen people were taken to hospital after the blast. Neighboring buildings had caught fire. Accra’s city authorities had already been under pressure to declare a state of emergency after hours of heavy rain caused severe flooding in and around the capital and submerged buildings and vehicles across the city. The blast was caused by a fire that erupted in a nearby lorry terminal at around 10 p.m. then spread to the gas station and other buildings in Accra. After blast. police and soldiers joined emergency crews. Firefighters battled the blaze into the early hours.