A major fire broke out at the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) oil storage depot in Taloja at Navi Mumbai on Monday night. It took the fire officials over six hours to douse the fire. The fire began at about 2 am in the night,according to a fire official.
It took almost six hours for the fire to be douzed and at least 6-7 hours for the cooling operations, said Regional Fire Officer,Devendra Potphode.
While no casualties were reported,thousands of drums carrying lubricant oil were destroyed. According to officials,around 40,000-50,000 litres of lubricant oil got destroyed in the fire.
Our strategy was to not allow the fire to spread. The intensity of the heat was too much. Somehow,we could control the fire and the spread of fire, said Devendra Potphode.
The IOC plant is a lubricant oil blending plant,where lubricants are blended and filled in small cans and drums,besides filling specialty lubes, said Potphode.
As the plant operates on a single shift from 8 am to 5 pm,the plant was shut down when the fire broke out, said Potphode.
According to a fire official,the blaze which was noticed by security personnel,began from containers containing lubricant oil.
While only 12 fire engines were rushed to the spot,the fire brigade used water tankers from the IOC depot itself,according to a fire official.
Unless we investigate the matter,the cause of the fire cannot be deduced, said Potphode.
Over a year back,in October 2009,at least ten people were killed and more than a hundred injured in a similar fire at the Indian Oil Corporation depot on the outskirts of Jaipur.