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Massive fire at Bharat Petroleum plant near Mumbai, 43 injured

Seven fire engines and two foam tenders have been pressed into service to douse the blaze, an official said.

New Delhi: At least 43 workers were injured on Wednesday after a major fire broke out at Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd’s refinery in Chembur, an eastern suburb of Mumbai in Maharashtra, officials said. Among those injured one person is stated to be critical.

“After a preliminary treatment at BPCL’s first aid centre, 22 were allowed to go home and 21 were shifted to Inlaks Hospital in Chembur. They have fractures and lacerated wounds. One is being treated in ICU (intensive care unit),” deputy commissioner of police (zone VI) Shahji Umap said.

The fire broke out at around 3 pm after several explosions were heard, a fire brigade official was quoted as saying by PTI. The plant is located at Mahul road in Chembur area.

Seven fire engines and two foam tenders have been pressed into service to douse the blaze, an official said.

“The fire is still on but is under control,” Bharat Petroleum said in a statement.

The fire is confined to the hydrocracker plant, Reuters quoted Mumbai fire chief PS Rahangdale as saying. He added that two hose lines of fire engines and two hose lines of fixed firefighting installations were in operation.

“Cooling operation is in progress,” he said.

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