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2 killed in fire at Indian Oil Corporation fuel terminal

 

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Villagers work at a vegetable farm as smoke rises from a storage tank of the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) that caught fire on Saturday Jan. 5 in Hajira near Surat, India. Firefighters have been working to douse flames on the tank that caught fire.

"The fire, which broke out in the Motor Spirit (MS) tank of IOC's bulk storage terminal at Hazira (Saturday) afternoon, has been fully contained now and is only smoldering. All other tanks are safe," the company said.

India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerapa Moily, who visited the site, said the cost of the damage could be as much as 450 million rupees ($8.16 million).

-- Reported by Reuters

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Indian women mourn the death of relatives in the fire Jan. 6.

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Firefighters work to douse the flames of a major fire in the storage tank, which was contained after a 21-hour operation.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire Jan. 5.