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2 killed as IOC fire spreads to oil field
Published on 14 May. 2009 1:34 AM IST
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Two employees of the Oil India Limited (OIL) were killed when a devastating fire broke out this morning in the world’s oldest functional refinery at Digboi with the blaze spreading into nearby oil fields after destroying 35 houses in the Digboi area. OIL senior official Pranjit Deka informed that the fire spread to the oil fields as one of the crude-carrying pipes was damaged by wild elephants. ‘’As the pumping started this morning, the crude flowed into a drain which was linked to another waste drain coming out of the refinery which was already on fire. Now it has become an emergency and senior police officials have rushed to the spot,’’ he said. Earlier, in the morning, according to police sources, a major fire was reported in the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) controlled refinery of Digboi in Tinsukia district. The fire was spotted at 0630 hours in the Dillute Coke Units (DCU). Two employees - Basak Bahtaccharrya and Kamla Saikia - died on the spot. The inferno was brought under control inside the refinery campus but it went out of the campus through the sewerage drains. As the drains used to carry residuals of refinery products were highly inflammable, a major inferno resulted in Muliabari, about three km from the refinery. Meanwhile, inside the refinery campus, there is no fire at this moment and the blaze in the residential area is also under control. However, it is still raging in the oilfield area.

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