At 2:55 pm, a massive blast and fire have been reported at the main refinery complex of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mumbai. In Chembur Mumbai, the fire and smoke was seen originating at the refinery of BPCL near the Eastern Freeway.
More than a dozen of fire engines were able to control the fire out of which around seven fire engines, two foam tenders and two jumbo tankers have been rushed to the refinery complex.
The resident around the area said it felt like an earthquake and the shock waves trembled the glass panes windows of residential buildings four kms away as it was too immense.
After the blast, there was a gateway amongst the workers of BPCL. The area and the workers working in BPCL have been safely removed from the place of incident. According to the reports, there was a blast in the boiler at around 3pm after which the complete incident took place.
The statement have been issued by the Bharat Petroleum that, "A fire occurred at BPCL Mumbai Refinery at Mahul plant today at around 1445hrs. The fire was in the Compressor shed of Hydrocracker plant. The fire is being fought by The Refinery fire fighting team. The fire is still on but is under control. There has been minor injury sustained by 2 people. They were attended at our Refinery Medical Centre and are being taken to hospital for further treatment. Further update will be given at 5.00 pm."
In Chembur, apart from BPCL it also have plants of HPCL refinery and RCF. The staff working in the refineries have their residential colonies in the area. The area is considered to be more sensitive as it is surrounded by slum.