For 8 hours, fire rages at IOC’s plant at Taloja
A major fire broke out shortly after midnight on Tuesday at the lubricant plant of Indian Oil Corporation at Taloja Industrial area of Navi Mumbai. G Mohiuddin Jeddy reports.mumbai Updated: Jan 19, 2011 02:20 IST
A major fire broke out shortly after midnight on Tuesday at the lubricant plant of Indian Oil Corporation at Taloja Industrial area of Navi Mumbai.
Firemen battled to control the fire for more than eight hours. No casualties have been reported.
The fire broke out in the drum-filling area of the plant. Around 40,000 litres of lubricant oil is reported to have been burnt in the incident. Sources claimed that short circuit could be the reason, however, there has been no official confirmation.
Devendra Potphode, regional fire officer, said, “Immediately after receiving the call we rushed to the spot. Our priority was to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading further and engulfing the entire depot. There were hundreds of around 200 litres drums of oil stored in the area.”
More than 20 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. While the personnel managed to bring the fire under control by 8am, the entire process of extinguishing the fire and cooling process took several hours. Thick smoke continued to bellow till late in the afternoon, a fire official said.
AN Jha, head, corporate communications IOC, said, “No one was present where the fire broke out. It is a single shift plant that operates only during the day. The security guards noticed the fire and informed us.”
“It is a lubricant plant which is considered c-class fuel. The chances of fire in such cases are very remote. We are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. It will be done only after investigation,” Jha added.
The losses due to the fire are yet to be ascertained.