Visakhapatnam, April 27: Huge fire that broke out at Biomax Fuels Limited (BFL), a bio-diesel manufacturing unit in the Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ) at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, is still raging. Over 40 fire tenders are battling to douse the major inferno at Biomax Fuels Limited (BFL) in Duvvada. No casualties were reported in the incident but the blaze is spreading very fast. Also Read - Two Minor Siblings Killed by Mentally Unstable Man After He Set Them on Fire
The Biomax Fuels Ltd has a manufacturing capacity of five lakh tonnes of bio-diesel from multi-feedstock at VSEZ. There are about 18 storage tanks and the blaze spread to the 12 of them. There were 12 workers at the unit when the fire broke out but all are safe. The manufacturing unit of the plant has also caught fire making it difficult for the fire tenders to take control of the situation. (ALSO READ: Musuem blaze: Fire safety mechanism was ‘not functioning’) Also Read - 1 Dead After Fire Breaks Out at Factory in Delhi's Pratap Nagar
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and the fire tenders were unable to reach the storage area, Rao said. District Collector N Yuvaraj and other rushed to the spot and examined the operations. The fire-fighting has become a massive challenge for the authorities due to the presence of highly inflammable material in the plant’s premises. According to reports, eighteen tanks of fuel and raw materials were present at the Biomax’s unit at the time of fire.
Such was the intensity of flames that the Eastern Naval Command was pressed into service to aid the local authorities in fire fighting. “We have sent eight fire extinguishers, will see what best we can do… Eastern Naval Command launched two aircrafts for aerial reconnaissance and assessment of the extent of fire,” Ravindra, an Indian navy Commander. In 1997, a massive fire in the HPCL plant in the same region had left over 60 persons dead.