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Mumbai oil depot fire under control, no casualties

The fire was brought under control after nearly eight hours, police said.

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 13:38 PM IST

Mumbai/New Delhi: A fire broke out at a
lubricant-filling depot of state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on
the outskirts of Mumbai in the wee hours of Tuesday but was
contained within hours.

"No one was injured in the fire," IOC Chairman B M Bansal
told a new conference in New Delhi.

The depot in Taloja outside Mumbai stored lube oil for
packaging into containers but had no stocks of crude oil.

Bansal said the fire was reported at around 1.30 am and
was completely put out by 0730 hours.

"The 1,800 kilolitre per month plant blends and fills
lubricants in small cans and drums, besides filling
speciality lubes.

It operates on single shift (8 am to 5 pm) and the plant
was shut when the fire broke out," Bansal said adding the fire
gutted a shed storing packed lubricants.

"All the other facilities of the plant including storage
tank farms, manufacturing plant, laboratory and fire-fighting
facilities are intact," he said.

A fire brigade official in Mumbai said the blaze began
from containers containing lubricant oil.

"Thousands of drums with 200 litres capacity each, stored
in the godown caught fire and destroyed around 40,000 litres
of lubricant oil", the official said.

Bansal said the fire was noticed by the security
personnel deployed at the plant around 1.30 am and
"preliminary reports indicate the cause of the fire
could be due to an electrical short circuit."

"The exact cause of the fire and the extent of product
loss will be assessed as soon as the cooling operations are
completed," he said.

The Taloja plant fire is the third such incident at IOC
installations since October 2009. The company`s storage
terminal in Jaipur in Rajasthan was destroyed in a fire on
October 29, 2009, killing ten personnel.

A fire broke out at a catalyst area of its naphtha
cracker unit at Panipat on June 12.

PTI