A 27-year old teacher has died Wednesday evening after sustaining severe burns from an explosion last Saturday in the Central region.

Betty Arko suffered the burns after the blast at a power station miles away in Winneba, caused her television set to explode and catch fire.

Betty Arko's accident happened in her home in Swedru, which is about 30 kilometres from Winneba in the Central region.

She was in critical condition at the Burns Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where she lost about 70% of her skin. The doctors said she needed a skin donor or an artificial skin.

Betty Arko told Joy News around 4:30 am while entering her hall to put her TV set off, she heard a loud explosion followed by flames that hit her and threw her outside of her room.

According to her, her clothes caught fire but she managed to seek help from neighbours.

The transformer caught fire around 4:30am, according to eyewitnesses. 

According to the Swedru District Fire officer, the explosion from the transformer was caused by power fluctuation in the sub-station.

A resident doctor at the Burns Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Elliot Boham, told Joy News Betty Arko has lost about seventy percent of her skin and would require artificial skin.

In that same explosion, two firefighters also fell unconscious while trying to contain the explosion at the power substation.

The Central Regional Fire Safety Officer Mark Awotwe Quaye explained that the two fighters fell unconscious because there were no breathing apparatus to provide oxygen while they were fighting the blaze.

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