Biodiesel factory fire in Vishakhapatnam not controlled yet, say officials

Vishakhapatnam: Inferno has not yet doused in a biodiesel factory in Duvvada Special Economic Zone (SEZ) after more than 12 hours, police said on Wednesday.

Huge flames were still seen in Biomax Fuels Limited and the officials said the Tuesday’s fire may not be brought under control till evening. Over 40 fire tenders are fighting to control the fire but officials said that it would take another three to four hours to completely douse the flames.

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Visakhapatnam district collector Yuvaraj said 12 tanks of crude oil and biodiesel caught the fire, which broke out around 7.30 p.m. Tuesday. Six of them tanks blew up with huge explosions.

Officials said efforts were being to contain the flames from reaching six other fuel tanks in the factory premises.

Navy and Visakhapatnam Port were also helping in dousing the fire.

State minister G. Srinivas Rao said two company employees sustained minor injuries while others present in the premises escaped to safety.