Indian Oil fire in Jaipur continues to burn-faulty operation blamed

Industrial Accidents

Nov 1, 2009- Even after several days have passed, the fire that started in an Indianoil storage tank farm at Jaipur, India continues to burn with intermittent explosions also being reported. After many hours of futile efforts of firefighting, the authorities say that they will allow the fire to burn itself out. Several fatalities have been reported due to the initial blast and subsequent fire, but could not be independently verified. Here is a footage of the fire from a posting on YouTube.

A faulty operation involving transfer of volatile hydrocarbons from tank trucks caused a spillage and is said to be the cause of the accident, although what caused the ignition of this spill is not clear.

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