A major fire broke out at a gas processing unit owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) at Uran in Navi Mumbai today morning. Five people were killed.
According to the police, the fire broke around 6.45 am when a few employees were working inside it. Within a few minutes, the fire engulfed a huge part of the unit. “Three employees who were working inside, reportedly suffered injuries in the accident and they were rushed to a nearby private hospital,” said a police officer.
ONGC tweeted that the fire broke out in storm water drainage early morning in the Uran plant, around 50 km from Mumbai. It added that gas is being diverted from Uran to ONGC’s plant in Hazira in Gujarat.
Fire tenders from Uran, Panvel, Nerul and JNPT were rushed to the spot and the firefighting operation is still going on. “The exact reason behind the fire is not known yet. As a preventive measure, we have cordoned off the area and are now allowing anyone to enter the unit at a distance of 1.5 kilometer,” the officer said.