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Fire at Tondiarpet HPCL terminus

Smoke billowing out of the lubricant plant at HPCL terminus in Tondiarpet on Sunday morning.

Smoke billowing out of the lubricant plant at HPCL terminus in Tondiarpet on Sunday morning.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Special arrangement

Petlee Peter

CHENNAI: A major fire broke out at the lubricant plant at the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) terminus in Tondiarpet on Sunday morning.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Since Sunday was a non-working day for many, only a few workers were at the spot and they were soon evacuated to safety by fire and rescue personnel.

According to the staff on site, smoke started billowing out around 10.00 a. m. from the Smalls Filling Plant next to Quality Control Laboratory on the back side of the terminus.

R. G. Jayakanthan, Deputy Director, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Region), said the fire brigade from Tondiarpet was the first to reach the spot. Five foam tenders, including one from CPCL, along with three water tenders, 15 Metrowater lorries, an Emergency Rescue Tender and more that 50 firemen battled the blaze till 12.45 p.m.

The fire, however, completely charred the insides of the filling plant.

Mr. Jayakanthan said the flames were contained from spreading to the neighbouring petrol storage tanks in the terminus and the fuel terminus complex behind the plant.

R. Radha Krishnan, General Manager (South Zone), HPCL, told reporters that the terminus is one of the major installations of HPCL. “Luckily, not much lubricant was stored in the plant since month-end sales to distributors were brisk,” he said.

He added that a fact finding committee will be formed soon to assess the overall damage.

The fire temporarily disrupted train services near the Korukkupet station.

Trains delayed

Southern Railway officials said three suburban trains and one express train were delayed. An incoming Tamil Nadu Express was delayed by half an hour.

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