New Delhi: Five people were killed, including three CRPF personnel, and three others were injured after a fire broke out at public sector explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC) plant in Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra on Tuesday, as per news reports.
The ONGC said the fire broke out in the storm water drainage in its Uran plant, adding that there was no impact on oil processing and that the gas was diverted to its Hazira plant in Surat district of Gujarat.
Nearly 22 fire brigade tenders, including that of the ONGC, Navi Mumbai civic body and other agencies, were at the spot, the police official said, as per PTI.
The injured persons were admitted to nearby hospitals for treatment, he said, adding that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
The deceased included three CISF fire personnel Eranna Nayakka, Satish Prasad Kushwaha, and M K Paswan, who were trying to stop the gas leakage, and resident production superintendent C N Rao of the ONGC, CISF's Deputy Inspector General (west zone) Nilima Singh said.
The blaze erupted around 7 a.m in a processing plant of the ONGC located in Uran area of neighbouring Navi Mumbai, the police said.
Earlier, in another tweet, it said, "A fire broke out in storm water drainage early morning 2day in Uran oil & gas processing plant.ONGC fire services & crisis management team immediately pressed in2 action. Fire is being contained. No impact on Oil processing.Gas diverted to Hazira Plant. Situation is being assessed.”
According to The Hindu, compressed natural gas supply to Mumbai and nearby areas had been affected. Mahanagar Gas Limited’s City Gate station in Wadala had been severely affected, as per an official statement.
According to reports, residents around the plant had been shifted to a school as the smell of the chemical was said to be causing them discomfort.
(inputs from PTI)