Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Oct 30, 2009
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Front Page
News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Front Page Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Big fire in IOC depot near Jaipur

Sunny Sebastian

Four dead, over 150 injured as explosions rock Sitapura Industrial Area

Photo: PTI

Flames engulf an oil tank after a major fire broke out at an Indian Oil depot in the Sitapura area of Jaipur on Thursday.

JAIPUR: A massive fire that broke out in the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) depot in the Sitapura Industrial Area on the outskirts of the Rajasthan capital on Thursday night claimed at least four lives. More than 150 persons are being treated in various hospitals in the city for burn and splinter injuries.

Several explosions shook the industrial area — run by the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation — while people fled in panic. A PTI report said a leak in the pipeline was suspected to have caused the fire that broke out around 7.30 p.m. By 9 p.m. the whole area was blocked and residents from nearby colonies were removed to safety.

The injuries were burns caused by the fire or cuts from window panes that shattered in the explosions.

The number of casualties varied. Authorities in the Sawai Man Singh Medical College hospital confirmed four deaths, while unconfirmed reports put the death toll at eight. Over 150 were injured.

The fire continued to rage even five hours after the first accident, as over two dozen fire tenders battled the flames that engulfed the entire area. The IOC has 11 storage tanks in the depot. When the fire broke out, a tanker was refuelling on the premises.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is personally supervising the rescue and relief operations. He spoke to Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora about the accident.

Mr. Deora is scheduled to reach Jaipur on Friday with a team of officers and experts.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Front Page

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


NF2009 YW Quiz 2009 Chandraayan I


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2009, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu