A massive fire broke out at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (BPCL) Refinery Modernisation Project (RMP) plant in Mumbai’s Chembur area on Wednesday afternoon.
According to preliminary information, the fire broke out following a suspected blast at the refinery around 3 pm. The petroleum plant is located at Mahul road in Chembur.
Several people, including those located a few kilometres away, felt earthquake like tremors after the blast. Some nearby buildings have also been damaged.
The fire department was immediately alerted about the blaze, following which nine fire tenders, two foam tenders and two jumbo tankers were pressed into service.
The blaze is reportedly confined to the hydrocracker plant and fire fighting is currently underway.
No casualties have been reported as of publishing this report. Further details are awaited.
Update (4:30 pm)
The blaze has not been completely put out, but is under control as of now.
BPCL, in a statement, said two people sustained injuries in the mishap. They were first rushed to the Refinery Medical Centre, and subsequently shifted to a hospital for treatment. Their condition is stable.
The fire broke out at the BPCL’s hydrocracker plant, where crude oil is refined. The cause of blast is not yet known.
#LatestVisuals: Fire broke out at Hydro Cracker plant of BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) refinery, Chembur is now under control; 2 people receive minor injuries, fire fighting operation underway. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/gQqWR3dWxg
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