On Tuesday a fire broke out in the raw distillery No. 3 of the HPCL Visakh refinery in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Police Commissioner Manish Kumar Sinha said no casualties or injuries were reported as all were evacuated in a timely manner. The fire was extinguished within an hour, he said.
According to the initial assessment by the HPCL’s Civil Protection Department, the fire broke out around 3:10 p.m. when an overhead line caught fire, likely due to overheating, and this could have started a fire in the distillery below, naphtha.
Four fire brigade tenders were brought to the scene and the flames were extinguished within an hour.
A release from the HPCL said that security measures and fire fighting were immediately activated and the fire extinguished. Cooling operations were carried out and the exact cause of the fire and the assessment of the material damage were determined after the device had cooled down. The press release also stated that there were no victims.