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A major fire today broke out in the afternoon at the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd(HPCL) plant in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. District fire tenders being rushed to the spot. The cause of the incident yet to be ascertained.

The company in a statement said, "A fire incident occurred in one of the crude processing units of HPCL’s Visakh Refinery today. Safety measures and firefighting was activated immediately. The fire has been extinguished. There is no casualty and no risk to the public. Other Refinery operations are normal."

"All people are accounted and are safe. Fire is extinguished completely. Except the particular unit where fire occurred, all other process units of Visakh Refinery are operating normally," the company further added

DCP Aishwarya Rastogi said, "As per information, a blast reported at Unit-3 plant in HPCL. Five fire tenders are present at the spot. More fire tenders are being rushed. The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained."

According to sources, the fire erupted in the crude distillation unit in the HPCL old terminal. An emergency siren was immediately sounded following which the employees and workers rushed out of the unit. "There was a deafening sound like a blast and there was a ball of fire. The siren was sounded and we all came running out to safety," some workers said, coming out of the plant. Fire tenders at the plant and also from outside were rushed into put out the blaze and the operation was continuing.

Fire at HPCL plant in Vishakapatnam
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Fire at HPCL plant in Vishakapatnam

Images from the plant show huge flames and smoke billowing out of the HPCL plant.

Visakhapatnam District Collector V Vinay Chand said the fire was doused quickly, averting major damage. "There were no casualties nor was anyone injured in the mishap," the Collector told reporters here. Teams from HPCL apart, personnel from the Eastern Naval Command and the AP State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department swung into action and put out the blaze in a swift operation

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