Over 45 people were injured, including one in critical condition, in a fire that broke out at a refinery of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s (BPCL) refinery in Chembur, suburban Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon, sources said.
As many as nine fire tenders, two foam tenders and two jumbo tankers been pressed into service to douse the Level- III fire that broke out at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited-RMP plant in Chembur, the sources said.
The fire had occurred around 3 pm in the hydrocracker plant at BPCL Mahul refinery, where the crude oil is refined.
"The fire fighting operation was made difficult by heat and pressure inside the plant," PTI quoted Fire Brigade chief P S Rahangdale as saying.
A local resident Snatosh Aadhar said a massive explosion was heard near the refinery premises, adding tremors were felt as far as 500 metre away from the refinery.
“Its tremors shook windows of our building which is 500 metre away from the refinery,” Aadhar said.