Ghana witnessed a nearly fatal fire disaster in the heart of Accra, at the very site where the explosion of a fuel station cost the lives of hundreds and severely injured many more last year. The fire outbreak on March 31st started in the late hours of the night and burnt down a major restaurant and pub, Vienna City, as scores of its workers were reported injured.
The Vienna City complex takes up a 2,000 square metre air-conditioned area with a choice of facilities such as Garden Restaurant (barbeque and pizzeria), four bars, pool tables, casino with poker machines, electronic roulette and LCD TVs. So far, it remains uncertain how the fire at Vienna City started. Eyewitnesses allege it could have been due to poor ventilation of the restaurant.
It took the Ghana National Fire Service over an hour to put out the raging fire, which sent a thick cloud of smoke plummeting into the skies. Vienna City is closely situated to the Goil filling station near the GCB bank towers at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra. This is the same petrol station that was gutted by fire amidst a heavy downpour on June 3, 2015.
Social media got jammed on that fateful day as onlookers and concerned Ghanaians used the hashtag #ViennaCity to describe what they saw and to look out for loved ones and relatives. It comes as no surprise that #ViennaCity became a trending topic with thousands of tweets and retweets.
Blazing fire sweeping through #ViennaCity 'Joint' just opposite the place where dosens died in June 3 fire disaster! pic.twitter.com/rlVk1TGcns
— Richard Sky (@RichardDelaSky) March 31, 2016