Ahmedabad: A late evening fire at a well of the ONGC Ahmedabad asset on Wednesday claimed the lives of two contractual workers while four others sustained severe burn injuries, official sources said on Thursday.
"A fire broke out around 2030 hours in an ONGC well at Nandej (Well #6) near Ahmedabad while workover (repair and maintenance) operations were being carried out," public sector explorer Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said in a statement, as reported by IANS.
While the company drafted a team of officials to provide medical aid and four fire tenders to control the fire, five fire tenders from district fire services were deployed.
While one of the deceased was charred, another worker succumbed to injuries early on Thursday morning.
"Four other contractual workers who were afflicted with severe burn injuries are being treated at a hospital in Ahmedabad," the release said.
Ahmedabad asset has over 2,500 wells, of which half are operational currently. The ONGC was inquiring the cause of the fire.
According to a report in Business Today, the ONGC said: "While Sanjay Mahendra Singh, 25, was brought dead, Shahjad Alam Ansari, 27, succumbed to the injury at 0700 hours today. Four other contractual workers who were afflicted with severe burn injuries are being treated at a nearby hospital in Ahmedabad.”
Reports said 10 fire tenders were pressed to douse the massive fire in the oil well which is located between Geratpur railway station and Dudheswar Mahadev temple at Devdi village.