Visakhapatnam: A massive fire in a biodiesel unit near the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday night. No reports of casualties.
About 40 fire engines were sent to control the fire that started in the premises of a company called Biomax Duvvada in the Special Economic Zone around 7:30 pm, police said. There were 18 tanks of fuel and raw materials at the facility, 12 of which were torched.
Navy aircraft in aerial reconnaissance on installing Wednesday morning confirmed that eight tanks were still burning.
Flames could be seen in some of them, including Wednesday morning. Firefighters said they will have to be burned all the fuel in the tanks before the fire can be turned off. Eyewitnesses six oil tankers exploded due to fire.
There were about 15 factory employees, all of whom managed to escape in time and are safe.
The cause of the fire is not yet known but is believed to have resulted in a loss of Rs.120 crore around. Each of the tanks burned had a capacity of 3000 liters and filled between 30 and 70 percent.
Minister of Human Resources Development Ganta Srinivasa Rao rushed to the spot to control the situation. Rapid coordination between agencies fighting the fire managed to save six of the tanks of the flames, authorities said.
Chandrababu Naidu Chief Minister N spoke at the beginning, officials civilian police district and also with the naval authorities.
“We have sent eight fire extinguishers, see what best we can do,” Ravindra, the commander of the Indian Navy, told the news agency ANI.