Major fire erupts at bio-diesel manufacturing unit in Visakhapatnam, no casualties reported so far
A massive fire broke out at Biomax Fuels Limited (BFL), a bio-diesel manufacturing unit in the Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ).
Visakhapatnam: A massive fire broke out at Biomax Fuels Limited (BFL), a bio-diesel manufacturing unit in the Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ), Duvvada area in the city on Tuesday night, officials said.
No casualties were reported in the incident, they said.
Biomax Fuels Ltd has a manufacturing capacity of five lakh tonnes of bio-diesel from multi-feedstock at VSEZ. There are about 15 storage tanks and the blaze spread to the 11 of them.
"Eight fire engines reached the spot and two fire engines with chemical foam were requisitioned from HPCL and Eastern Naval Command to put off the fire," District Fire Officer JM Rao said.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and the fire tenders were unable to reach the storage area, Rao said.
District Collector N Yuvaraj and other rushed to the spot and examined the operations.
The former Punjab CM had been questioned in 2018 by the previous SIT probing the matter. He had then said the investigation was 'politically motivated' and an attempt to defame him
Officials said the fire started around 4.15 pm due to a short circuit and was completely controlled by 5 pm
Search operations will resume on Tuesday morning to find out if anyone is still missing, said Sandesh Shirke, sub-divisional magistrate, Mulshi division