At least six killed by Indian Oil Corporation depot fire

30 October 2009 10:56  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--At least six people have been killed and a further 150 injured by a huge fire at an oil depot in Jaipur in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, according to media reports on Friday.

A leak in the pipeline was believed to have caused the blaze, which started on Thursday evening. The fire was still raging on Friday, the reports said.

Army soldiers were said to have joined firefighters in trying to put out the flames and rescue any trapped people.

Officials said that other people close to the depot had been evacuated.

The depot, property of state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), is located 16km south of the city of Jaipur and stocks gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel.

IOC chairman Sarthak Behuria said the fire broke out at a petrol storage tank and quickly spread.

All of the IOC’s 11 large tanks were seen burning, reports said.

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