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India fuel plant fire rages

Sunday, January 06, 2013 - 01:03

Jan. 6 - A blaze at a fuel terminal in Gujarat state threatens to spread as winds pick up. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL The fire at this fuel storage plant in western India broke out on Saturday and is threatening to spread. Fire-fighters have been battling through the night to bring it under control. At least four workers at the plant are unaccounted for. A relative fears the worst. SOUNDBITE: HARSH NARAYAN, RELATIVE, SAYING (Hindi): "They were doing some railing work over the tank. At that moment the blast happened so I guess they might have died there on the spot. Among them are my cousins Jalandhar Chaudhary, Ravi Swain and Raut Kar, and one more whose name I don't know." The blaze, near Surat city, broke out in a tank containing thousands of litres of petrol. Fire crews from neighbouring cities have been drafted in to help combat the flames. The storage terminal is operated by the state-run Indian Oil Corporation.

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India fuel plant fire rages

Sunday, January 06, 2013 - 01:03