Friday, October 30, 2009

Four dead, 135 injured in oil depot blaze in India

JAIPUR, India - A massive fire raged on Oct. 30 at an oil depot in northern India more than 18 hours after it erupted, with four people confirmed dead and around 135 injured.
The blaze, caused by a suspected oil pipeline leak, broke out at around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) facility on the outskirts of Jaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan.
B.L. Soni, a senior Jaipur police official, confirmed four deaths and 135 injured. "Two of them are critical," he said.
Between three and six employees of the state-run facility were missing, according to the police and the Indian oil ministry.
IOC officials estimated the cost of the fire at up to 1.5 billion rupees ($30 million).
The Press Trust of India reported six people were killed and 150 injured in the fire, which engulfed five oil storage units at the depot covering an area of several square kilometers.

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