A fire broke out at an Indian Oil Corporation petrol pump in south Delhi’s Munirka area, injuring four people on Monday. Two of the injured suffered 90% burn injuries and are in a critical condition in Safdarjung Hospital.
“The victims have severe burn injuries,” said a doctor at Safdarjung hospital.
Eyewitnesses said the fire first broke out in a car parked at the pump and then spread.
Sixteen fire tenders rushed to spot to douse the blaze. “We received a call at 8.25pm about the fire at a pump near the Vasant Vihar bus depot,” a fire department official said.
“The exact cause could not be ascertained but there was apparently a leakage in an underground fuel tank and the car was right above it,” said the official.
Four people, including two pump employees, were at the place when the accident took place.
The fire was spotted at the right corner of the fuel station where some LPG cylinders were kept, the official said.
The entire area, which is close to a slum cluster, was cordoned off. “The slum dwellers have been moved to a safer place,” the official added.
“We had to use foam to control the fire as extinguishers were not of much help. The fire was spreading fast,” the official said, adding that around 2,000kg of gas was still left in the tank and the blaze would continue till it is all burnt.