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Updated: November 2, 2009 13:53 IST

Fire continues to rage in two IOC tankers

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Fire tenders try to control the fire at IOC depot at Sitapura near Jaipur on Friday. A massive fire broke out at the depot on Thursday evening leaving 12 dead and 150 others injured. Photo: PTI.
PTI Fire tenders try to control the fire at IOC depot at Sitapura near Jaipur on Friday. A massive fire broke out at the depot on Thursday evening leaving 12 dead and 150 others injured. Photo: PTI.

Fire continued to rage in two of the 11 IOC fuel storage tanks near here today even as a body was dug out of the debris and another man injured in the inferno succumbed to injuries, taking the toll in the blaze to 12.

Over 50 locals residing in the vicinity of the fuel depot at Sitapura, 20 km. from here, have reported to various hospitals complaining of itching, eye burning, suffocation and skin allergies due to the fire which broke out on Thursday.

Chief Fire Officer Ishwarlal Jat, said the blaze in the two remaining petrol tanks has reduced considerably but it will probably take one more day for it to completely die down.

Efforts would be made to douse the fire in remaining two tanks by fire fighters, he said.

Last night, there was a deafening blast at the inferno site as lids of tanks broke up in pieces due to pressure, Mr. Jat said.

Rescue teams were inspecting the area near the tanks to find out any body in the rubble.

An IOC driver Jagdish, who was brought to a hospital on the first day of the fire with severe burn injuries, died last night, an official said, adding the body was handed over to relatives after a post-mortem.

In the debris clearing operation in the premises of a private company hit by the fire, rescuers recovered body of a man identified as Kishan Singh Dhakar.

With this, the death toll in the fire has risen to 12, IGP Jaipur Range, B.L. Soni, said.

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