Mumbai, Aug 8: A major fire (Level III) that broke out at a refinery of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in Chembur area of Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon is under control now. 43 persons are reportedly injured in the incident out of whom one is said to be critical. As per reports, explosions were also heard before the flames engulfed the refinery. There have been no reports of any casualty. The fire fighting operations are currently underway, an ANI tweet said.
Out of the 43 workers who were injured, 22 were allowed to go home after preliminary treatment at BPCL First Aid Centre. On the other hand, 21 were shifted to Inlax hospital, Chembur. They have fracture and lacerated wounds while, one is being treated in ICU.
The plant at Mahul road caught fire at around 3 pm, a fire brigade official was quoted as saying.
“A fire occurred at BPCL Mumbai Refinery at Mahul plant today at around 14.45 hrs. The fire was in the Compressor shed of Hydrocracker plant. The fire is being fought by the refinery fire fighting team. The fire is still on but is under control. There has been minor injury sustained by 2 people. They were attended at our Refinery Medical Centre and are being taken to hospital for further treatment,” a statement released by BPCL said.
Seven fire engines, two foam tenders and two jumbo tankers have been pressed into service to douse the blaze, the official said.