Two dead in IOC terminal fire at Hazira in Gujarat

NEW DELHI Sun Jan 6, 2013 6:14pm IST

1 of 5. Firefighters try to douse the fire as smoke billows from Indian Oil Corporation's fuel depot in Hazira in Gujarat January 6, 2013.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two people were killed by a fire at a fuel storage terminal of state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS) in Hazira in Gujarat on Saturday.

The dead were identified as Raisingh Choudhary, 38 and Rahul Prasad, 20, the company said in a statement on Sunday, which added the fire has now been brought under control. Both were contractors working in the terminal.

"The fire which broke out in the Motor Spirit (MS) tank of IOC's bulk storage terminal at Hazira yesterday afternoon has been fully contained now and is only smoldering. All other tanks are safe," the company said.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily, who visited the site, said the damage to Indian Oil could be as much as 450 million rupees.

The company said the cause of the fire was being investigated by an internal committee which will submit its report on January 20.

The Hazira terminal has nine storage tanks - five petrol and four diesel.

The tank where the blaze started had about 6,000 kilolitres of petrol, almost half of its capacity, when it caught fire. Because of winds it had spread to another petrol tank.

(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Writing by Arup Roychoudhury; Editing by Mike Nesbit)

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