Video: Major fire breaks out at ONGC plant in Navi Mumbai

Video: Major fire breaks out at ONGC plant in Navi Mumbai
At least four people were killed in the blaze at ONGC’s processing plant in Uran, Navi Mumbai

At least four people were killed and three others injured after a fire broke out at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) plant in Navi Mumbai early morning on Tuesday.

In a statement, ONGC said there was no impact on oil processing and that the gas was diverted to its Hazira plant in Surat district of Gujarat.

The fire broke out around 7 am in a processing plant of the ONGC located in Uran area of Navi Mumbai, following which clouds of dark smoke were seen billowing out of the conflagration.

“Four people have been killed and three others injured in the mishap,” a senior police official said.

The identity of the deceased is not yet known. The injured persons, meanwhile, have been admitted to nearby hospitals for treatment.

“Fire broke out in storm water drainage in Uran Plant early morning successfully doused within two hours by fire fighting team. #ONGCs robust crisis mitigation preparedness helped put off this major fire in a very short time,” the ONGC said in a tweet.

Earlier, in another tweet, it said, “A fire broke out in storm water drainage early morning 2day in Uran oil & gas processing plant. ONGC fire services & crisis management team immediately pressed in 2 action. Fire is being contained. No impact on Oil processing. Gas diverted to Hazira Plant. Situation is being assessed.

Besides the ONGC’s own fire services and crisis management teams, fire-fighters from Uran, JNPT, Navi Mumbai and surroundings rushed to battle the blaze. Nearly 22 fire brigade tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames.

As a precautionary measure, people in nearby villages have been told to evacuate the area.

The fire has also affected the gas supply to Mahanagar Gas Ltd’s City Gas Station at Wadala.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and further details are awaited.

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