Three more bodies were recovered from near the IOC inferno site on Saturday, taking the toll in the blaze to nine, even as the fire died out in four of the 11 fuel storage tanks.

The unidentified bodies were spotted early Saturday near the site, Jaipur District Collector Kuldeep Ranka told PTI here.

The fire, which started on Thursday evening, died down in four of the 11 storage tanks in the wee hours but continued to blaze in seven tanks which included three each of diesel and petrol, and one kerosene, Chief Fire Officer Ishwar Lal Jat said.

It will probably take about one more day for the fire to die down in the burning tanks, he said.

The intensity of the fire was so high that the temperature shot beyond 52 degree C at a distance of 500 metres where the joint operation team is stationed right now, the chief fire officer said.

In a joint operation late last night, Army—IOC—Civic administration began digging a five-feet deep trench around the blazing storage tanks which would be filled with water to contain any leakage, he said.

Foam and fire fighting vans would be deployed near this trench, he said, adding any further expansion, seepage or spread of fuel could be contained.

In case the tanks collapse after the fire dies down and remaining fuel seeps out, the trench would absorb it, the collector said.

A cooling system was also being evolved with supply of water to keep down the temperature.

The fire has destroyed and caused infrastructure damage to at least 200 small and big industries nearby, an official said.

Rail and road transport continued to remain disrupted in the area.

The fire broke out when petrol was being transferred from the depot to a pipeline and soon got out of control. A leak in the pipeline is suspected to have caused the blaze.

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