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IOC fire: Death toll reaches 9

jaipur Updated: Oct 31, 2009 20:28 IST
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Two days after after a massive fire broke out at the IOC fuel depot near here, the flames died down in five of the 11 storage tanks even as three more bodies were recovered from the site today, taking the toll to nine.

Chief Fire Officer Ishwarlal Jat told PTI that the flames in four tanks died in the wee hours and in the fifth one this afternoon.

The fires in the remaining six tanks -- three each of diesel and petrol -- and the thick black smoke emanating from them would probably die down tomorrow as the fuel quantity was constantly declining, he said.

Police said the three bodies recovered from the site in Sitapura Industrial area this morning have been identified as that of IOC employees Harish Gangal, S K Saroh and Pramod Kumar, SHO Sanganer Sadar police station Subodh Sharma said.

Meanwhile, the sudden sound of a siren in the industrial area this forenoon created a flutter and panic as residents came out of their houses and security personnel of the IOC and policemen rushed to nearby stations, the police said.

Later it was detected that the sound came from a IOC-gas pipeline station due to the low pressure created, they said, adding there was no untoward incident.