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Patna petrol pump catches fire


PATNA: Panic prevailed at Boring Road here on Tuesday afternoon as an oil tanker downloading petrol at Gasolene petrol outlet caught fire. Panic prevailed in the area as the flames leapt high with shops in the vicinity downing their shutters.

Petrol pump owner Amit Mukherjee said a spark from an adjoining transformer hit the oil tanker and it burst into flames. Tanker driver Tribhuwan Prasad Yadav said the vehicle contained about 6,000 litres of petrol as he had earlier downloaded over 6,000 litres in another underground storage of the petrol pump. A spark emanating from a motorcycle, whose owner started his bike after taking petrol, touched the pipe used in downloading petrol and soon the entire tanker cught fire, he added.

On getting information, Patna DM Jitendra Kumar Sinha, Zonal IG RS Bhatti, Patna SSP Dr. Amit Kumar Jain and City SP Manu Maharaj reached the spot.

Fire tenders reached the spot one after the other with sirens blaring in the locality.

Patna DM Jitendra Kumar Kumar Sinha said he would be able to say about the exact reason after talking with the petrol pump owner.

The flames were doused by the fire-fighting men. The petrol station was badly damaged. Even the oil tanker was completely gutted due to the fire. Patna Fire Station Officer Sunil Kumar Gupta said the reason behind the fire is being ascertained.

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