Explosion in BPCL plant in Chembur; 43 injured

Mumbai: There was a major explosion on Wednesday in the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (BPCL) refinery, situated at Mahul in the Chembur area of Mumbai. The shocks of this explosion were felt from Chembur to Sion.  A major fire broke out, following the explosion and many employees who were trapped inside, were rescued subsequently. However, fear is being expressed of some more employees being trapped inside. 43 employees were injured in this blast and some are said to be critical.

BPCL has its oil refinery plant in Mahul and there was an explosion in this plant at around 3 pm. This explosion was heard in far-flung areas. The explosion was so intense that the window-panes of buildings located within a perimeter of half a kilometre were shattered. There was commotion in this densely populated area after this explosion. Frantic efforts were made to bring the fire under control. 15 fire engines of the fire brigade, the fire-fighting teams from BPCL, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Mazagon Docks were trying to bring the fire under control. As per the information, there is a stock of 72 tonnes of hydrocarbons in the plant.

22 of the injured were sent home after giving first-aid, while 21 people have been admitted to the hospital. Some of them have sustained grievous injuries. As per the information given by BPCL, the explosion occurred in the compressor of the hydrocracker plant. It is said that the causes of the explosion will only be known after an enquiry. The company has informed that the fire has been brought under control.

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