May 26, 2019 | 6:56 PM IST

Fire breaks at Bharat Petroleum refinery plant in Mumbai’s Chembur

At least 45 workers got injured when a major fire broke out following a blast at Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd. Refinery plant in Mahul, Chembur on Wednesday afternoon. The incident took place at around 2:45 pm, officials said. Fire and blast in Hydrocarbon plant containing 72 ton hydrocarbon used for diesel generation in cacking vacuum gas oil and hydrocarbon unit caused damage to nearby plants. As the fire broke out, nine fire tenders, two foam tenders, and two jumbo tankers reached to the location to douse the blaze. Along with the Fire Brigade, BPCL’s own fire-fighting team, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, RCF, HPCL, and Mazgaon Dock fire brigades were also engaged in dousing the flames. Fire flames are now under control, said an official of the Disaster Control Room of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. “There was a fire incident in the hydrocracker unit of BPCL Mumbai refinery at Mahul at 14:45 hours today (on Wednesday). By 15:30 hours, the fire was brought under control. During the incident, some people suffered minor injuries and were sent to a local hospital at Chembur for further treatment. At this moment, the fire is under control,” BPCL said in a late evening press statement. The fire broke out in the compressor shed of the hydrocracker plant. “The hydrocracker unit has been safely shut down, while the other units are normal. No product shortage is envisaged on account of the fire,” BPCL said in its statement.

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