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Fire at HPCL’s Visakh refinery

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on May 25, 2021

Fire at the crude distillation unit number 3 at HPCL Visakh Refinery in Visakhapatnam, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.   -  The Hindu

Fire in crude distillery unit was put out within an hour, no casualties reported

A fire broke at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation’s Visakh Refinery one of the units near Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. No injuries or casualty was reported and the fire was put out within an hour.

As per the initial assessment by the disaster management department of HPCL, the fire broke out around 3.10 pm in the crude distillery unit number 3 when an overhead electrical line caught fire. This could have been caused due to overheating and might have resulted in the fire in the distillery unit below it.

Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was extinguished within an hour. According to Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha there was no casualty or injury to any person or employees and all within the vicinity were evacuated well in time.

HPCL said in a statement that safety measures and firefighting was activated immediately and the fire has been extinguished. Cooling operations are in progress and the exact cause of fire and assessment of material damage will be taken up once it cools down.

There were no casualties and there is no risk to the public. The other HPCL refinery operations are continuing as normal, the release further stated.

Published on May 25, 2021

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