Three dead in fire at IOC's Haldia Refinery in Bengal


Three dead in fire at IOC's Haldia Refinery in Bengal

Kolkata, December 21, 2021

Three persons died and 41 others suffered injuries in a fire that broke out in the Haldia Refinery of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in Bengal today.

The incident occurred during a shutdown and maintenance of major units at the refinery, an IOC press release said.

"In the MSQ (Motor Spirit Quality Improvement) unit, during shutdown-related works, at around 1450 hrs today, an incident occurred. The primary cause seems to be a flash fire leading to burn injuries to 44 persons and 3 persons have unfortunately succumbed to their injuries," the release said.

The release said the fire was immediately extinguished and the situation was under control.

According to the release, the injured were given first aid at the First Aid Centre and later shifted to the Haldia Refinery Hospital for treatment. The District Administration’s support was solicited to ensure immediate evacuation of the injured.

"A green corridor has been operationalized with the support of the District Administration for shifting the injured and critical cases to institutes of higher medical management," it said.

"Authorities are inquiring into the cause of the incident," the release added.


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