Nine individuals had been injured, two of them critically, in a significant fire that broke out at an Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) petrol pump close to the Raj Bhavan right here on Wednesday, police mentioned. Five fire engines together with Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel doused the flame after preventing it for about two hours, fire division sources mentioned. Commissioner of Police SS Sarangi mentioned the reason for the fire is but to be ascertained.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, ordered a probe into the incident.
The explosion attributable to the fire was so loud that it precipitated individuals to hurry out of the close by buildings fearing that there was an earthquake. Some close by outlets and homes suffered damages because of the blast whereas many glass panels of Raj Bhavan had been shattered, sources mentioned.
Under the influence of the explosion a number of autos that had been close to the positioning at the moment had been discovered to have been thrown away, eyewitnesses mentioned.
The petrol pump itself was broken within the blaze and IOCL authorities have pumped out the petrol and diesel saved in separate tankers on the gasoline station.
“Two persons with burn injuries were referred to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. Seven others also suffered injuries due to the explosion and fire. This apart, several people living in nearby houses were also injured as glass panels (at their residences) broke,” Sarangi mentioned.
Sarangi mentioned the police registered a legal case in reference to the fire mishap.
“Our forensic science team has been working at the site and authorities of the IOCL have been contacted,” he mentioned.
“I have directed the Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary to conduct a probe into the fire incident that took place near Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar,” the Union petroleum minister tweeted.
Pradhan wished a fast restoration for these injured within the mishap.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik mentioned the state authorities will bear the price of therapy of the injured and wished them a fast return to well being.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, who was in Raj Bhavan, on the time of the blast, expressed concern over the incident.
“Hon’ble Governor is concerned to know about the explosion in the petrol tank near Raj Bhavan and prays for the speedy recovery of the injured persons and well-being of all,” in response to a Raj Bhavan assertion.
“All our glass windows are broken under the impact of the blast. It was so powerful that initially, we considered it to be an earthquake,” a senior Raj Bhavan official mentioned.
“Around 500 deer that live on the Raj Bhavan premises ran helter-skelter before congregating at one place out of fear. The animals were scared and refused to drink water for nearly two hours after the blast,” the official mentioned.
(With PTI inputs)