At least four people, including three CISF personnel, were killed and three others injured when a major fire broke out in a processing plant of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai township on Tuesday, an official said.
Those injured are also personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the official said.
The mishap, however, had no impact on the oil processing at the unit, the ONGC said, adding that the gas was diverted to its Hazira plant in Gujarat’s Surat district.
It said the fire broke out in a storm water drainage unit at its Uran plant and was doused within two hours.
Following the blaze, thick smoke engulfed the area, the police said, adding that they appealed to people staying in villages in the plant’s vicinity not to panic, and assured things were under control.
The victims died during a blast while they were trying to check gas leakage at the site, a senior CISF official said.
The mishap took place around 6.47 am in the ONGC’s processing plant at Uran town, located around 50 km from here, a police official said.
The deceased included three CISF fire personnel Eranna Nayakka, Satish Prasad Kushwaha, and M K Paswan, who were trying to stop the gas leakage, and resident production superintendent C N Rao of the ONGC, CISF’s Deputy Inspector General (west zone) Nilima Singh said.
The injured persons were admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment, she said.
At least 22 fire brigade tenders, including those of the ONGC, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Reliance Group, Navi Mumbai civic body and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation at Taloja, were rushed to the spot.
The exact cause of the fire was yet to ascertained.
According to Singh, a CISF fire station was informed in the morning about gas leakage near the LPG plant of ONGC.
The CISF personnel and others then rushed to the site and detected leakage.
The CISF fire team continued with fire fighting and managed to control the blaze.
Three other CISF firepersonnel also suffered burn injuries and were hospitalised, she said.
Meanwhile, the police said there was nothing to worry and asked people staying near the plant to stay calm.
The state-owned ONGC is the largest crude oil and natural gas company in the country.