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Unexpected: Fire fighting personnel in action at a petrol outlet in Bellary on Tuesday.
Unexpected: Fire fighting personnel in action at a petrol outlet in Bellary on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: Two pumps at a petroleum outlet on Station Road here went up in flames on Tuesday morning. Owing to timely action by the Fire and Emergency Services personnel, a major disaster was averted as there was substantial stock of petrol and diesel in the underground tanks.

Enquiries revealed that while one of the pumps was being used to fill a two-wheeler, it suddenly caught fire. The mechanic who was operating it sustained minor burns. On being informed of the incident, the Fire and Emergency Services personnel rushed to the spot and immediately tried to douse the flames.

An engineer and an officer from the oil company that supplies fuel to the outlet arrived to assess the damage as well as the cause of the fire.

K. Saroj Kumar, owner of the outlet, told The Hindu that one of the pumps was under repair and had not been operated for five days. It was being repaired by a mechanic deputed from the oil company on Tuesday morning. Suddenly, the pump beside it caught fire, taking everyone by surprise. The estimated loss could be around Rs. 20 lakh, he said.

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