Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fatality count rises to 10 in India Oil terminal fire

JAIPUR - The massive fire at an oil depot in western India has left 10 people dead, an official said on Nov. 1, as the blaze raged on after more than 48 hours.
The fire, caused by a suspected oil pipeline leak, broke out on the night of Oct. 29 at the Indian Oil Corp (IOC) compound on the outskirts of Jaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan.
B.L. Soni, a senior Jaipur police official, told the AFP news agency that two bodies had been spotted near the facility but that rescuers could not retrieve them because the temperature from the fire was too high.
He said authorities believe the bodies belong to two IOC employees who have been missing since the inferno began.
Eight other people died in the blaze, including three employees. Their bodies were recovered at the scene, officials said.
The number of injured stood at 135.

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