Two Fuel Storage Tanks on Butcher Island Ablaze, Firefighting Operation Continue

Two Fuel Storage Tanks on Butcher Island Ablaze, Firefighting Operation Continue

Two Fuel Storage Tanks on Butcher Island Ablaze, Firefighting Operation Continue

A major fire that broke out Friday evening at an oil depot on an island off the coast of India's financial capital Mumbai is still raging Saturday, police said. "A diesel tank caught fire due to the lightning and thundershowers", he had said.

The fire brigade said the blaze was noticed around 5 p.m. after lightning struck the island and was initially battled by a team of safety officers stationed there. "So, on one hand our firemen are involved in cooling operations to keep other tanks safe, while on the other, they are also engaged in dousing the flames", Rahangdale added.

According to Maharashtra Fire Services Director, 2 of the fuel storage tankers were emptied. The team is continuing the cooling of the affected tank as well as adjacent tanks. "We used water curtains from all sides to cool the fire and worked meticulously to decant one of the tanks with a floating roof to contain the fire", Rahangdale said. The fire was confined to high-speed diesel (HSD, about 32 MT) in tank number 13 which exploded due to high heat and fire.

He said firefighters of MbPT as well as the fire brigade team are working in tandem to douse the blaze. "It will get extinguished by tomorrow (Monday) morning", said Sanjay Bhatia, chairman of Mumbai Port Trust (MBPT), which manages the island as an oil terminal. Around noon on Sunday, the tank "defragmented" and started collapsing within itself owing to heat.

Crude oil and other commodities are offloaded at the Jawahar Dweep anchorage and stored in tanks before being transported to nearby refineries through underwater pipelines.

Summary: It is believed that the fire was caused by a lightning strike at the oil terminal on Friday evening.

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