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Fire at Bharat Petroleum refinery in Mumbai extinguished after more than 10 hours

The fire which devastated the refinery’s hydrocracker plant was finally put out at 1:50 am Thursday. The massive blast injured 45 refinery workers and shook areas around the refinery triggering panic among locals.

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2018 13:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Smoke rises out of fire which broke out after a blast at BPCL Mahul refineries, in Mumbai on Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018.(PTI)

The massive fire that broke out at the refinery of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in Mumbai’s eastern suburb of Chembur around 3pm on Wednesday was finally doused after more than ten hours, the fire brigade said.

The fire which devastated the refinery’s hydrocracker plant was finally put out at 1:50 am Thursday. The massive blast injured 45 refinery workers and shook areas around the refinery triggering panic among locals.

Even though the fire was brought under control within a few hours after it began, fire brigade officials had said that the remaining hydrocarbon was under controlled burning process till the stock was exhausted after which the fire could be completely doused.

“We wanted the stock to finish first as attacking the fire before that could have caused more damage due to the presence of hydrocarbon in there. Once it finished, we were able to completely douse the fire,” a senior fire official said.

Fire fighters fought the blaze from a safe distance since there was tremendous heat and pressure near the blast site.

The fire brigade had despatched seven fire engines, two foam tenders and two jumbo tankers to fight the blaze on Wednesday.

Locals reported earthquake-like vibrations from as far as four km from the plant. Residents from Deonar, which is north of Chembur, also reported vibrations from the blast.

Shortly after the explosion, residents from 72 Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) buildings, who have been rehabilitated close to the refinery, raised slogans against the government outside the plant.

The locals said they are grappling with several health issues due to the pollution caused by the refinery.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 13:08 IST