At least 43 workers were injured–one of them critical–after a level-3 fire broke out following a boiler blast at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd plant in Chembur area of East Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident took place at the public sector oil firm’s plant on the Mahul Road in Chembur area of East Mumbai around 2.45 PM, officials said.
“After preliminary treatment at BPCL First Aid Centre, 22 workers were allowed to go home. 21 were shifted to Inlax hospital, Chembur. They have suffered fracture and lacerated wounds. One is being treated in ICU,” said Zonal DCP Shahaji Umap.
Seven fire engines, two foam tenders, and jumbo tankers were pressed into service to douse the flame after the fire department received a call from the BPCL RMP plant. Along with the Fire Brigade, the refinery’s own fire-fighting team, HPCL, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, RCF and Mazgaon Dock fire brigades were also engaged in dousing the flames which were now under control, said an official of the Disaster Control Room of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
As per the company’s statement, the incident took place in the “Compressor shed of Hydrocracker plant”.