Fire en­gulfs Butcher Is­land oil ter­mi­nal

Sunday Express - - INDIA - @ Mum­bai

THE fire that broke out at the diesel tanks lo­cated on the Butcher Is­land ter­mi­nal of the Mum­bai port trust (MbPT) on Fri­day evening con­tin­ued to in­ten­sify on Sat­ur­day de­spite ef­forts by fire per­son­nel to con­trol the blaze.

The fire­fight­ers had brought the blaze un­der con­trol, but “ex­ces­sive heat” led to reig­ni­tion at the tank around 4.30 am on Sat­ur­day, the of­fi­cial said.

Mum­bai fire brigade chief P S Ra­hang­dale said,“Our main chal­lenge is to keep the other tanks near the af­fected one safe. So, on one hand our fire­men are in­volved in cool­ing oper­a­tions to keep other tanks safe, while on the other, they are also en­gaged in dous­ing the flames,” Ra­hang­dale added.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the fire had bro­ken out around 5 pm on Fri­day when Mum­bai and the sur­round­ing ar­eas wit­nessed thun­der­show­ers. How­ever, no causal­ity was re­ported.

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Manohar Rao, the fire was ap­par­ently caused by a light­ning strike amid thun­der­show­ers. “The fire is con­tained to one tank farm owned by Bharat Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (BPCL),” Mum­bai Port Trust (MbPT) chair­man San­jay Bha­tia has said.

The BPCL chair­man, San­jay Bha­tia also added that a cou­ple of months back HPCL oil tanks at Visakha­p­at­nam too had en­coun­tered sim­i­lar fire due to light­en­ing strike and hence their help too is be­ing sought to douse off the fire.

Butcher Is­land, lo­cated at around 8 km off the east coast of the city near the iconic Ele­phanta Is­land, houses MbPT’s marine oil ter­mi­nal. Oil tankers off­load crude oil at the ter­mi­nal. The tank that caught fire first was not in op­er­a­tion, which helped in keep­ing the dam­age to min­i­mum of­fi­cials have said.

A team from Mum­bai fire brigade along with fire fight­ing teams from Mum­bai Port Trust and Vic­to­ria Dock fire sta­tion too are try­ing to douse off the blaze.

PTI

Fire breaks out at a oil de­pot on Butcher Is­land off the coast of Mum­bai on Sat­ur­day|

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