12 killed in
Jaipur IOC depot fire, Army called
JAIPUR & NEW DELHI: A devastating fire swept
through an Indian Oil fuel storage and distribution terminal on
the outskirts of Jaipur on Thursday, killing at least a dozen
people and injuring more than 100. The toll is likely to go up
as the blaze is still raging. At the time of going to press, all
12 tankers at the terminal were aflame. ( Watch
said the fire broke out after a pipeline valve failed when petrol
was being transferred from the IoC terminal to Bharat Petroleum's
storage nearby. D C Daga, director marketing of IoC, said the firebegan
with a leak in one of the tankers.
The Met department recorded a tremor
measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale around the time the first explosion
was heard at 7.36pm. Such was the impact of the explosions that
windows of houses even 3km away were damaged. The capacity of the
terminal is 80 lakh litres of fuel.
There were at least 40 IoC employees
at the terminal, which is close to the Sanganer airport, and it
isn't known how many of them have managed to escape. About 300 tourists
from nearby Chowkidhani resorts were evacuated. Electricity lines
in surrounding areas have snapped. Students living in nearby hostels
have been taken to safer places.
All 31 fire tenders in Jaipur have
been rushed to the spot and an expert from Mumbai has been contacted
to fly down and help douse the fire. The terminal gets its supplies
from IoC's Mathura refinery through pipeline and feeds part of the
The massive spillage of highly inflammable
petrol being pumped at high pressure has resulted in heavy destruction.
A team of IoC officials has rushed to Jaipur. Petroleum minister
Murli Deora is expected to reach the spot on Friday morning. IoC
officials said oil supply in the state would not be affected, and
that another terminal at Jodhpur would be pressed into service.