Goa naphtha fire rages on (Lead)

August 20th, 2011 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Nearly a day after a naphtha pipeline caught fire in the port town of Vasco, injuring eight people, officials Saturday said the flames would be extinguished only when the gas burns out completely.

Officials said the fire started late Friday night after naphtha fumes from the leaky pipeline came in contact with a high tension wire running above it. At least eight people, including an Indian Navy sailor, were injured in the incident.

“The fire is now burning in a controlled manner. It is under control,” Deputy Collector of Mormugao region Levinson Martins told reporters here.

The pipeline, which developed the leak, was ferrying naphtha to the Zuari Industries Limited, a fertilizer unit, located 30 km from here.

“We have already evacuated the area around the accident site just to be safe,” an official said.

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