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Big fire cat oil pipeline in India

A massive fire broke out near a railway track...

NEW DELHI, April 12: A massive fire broke out near a railway track in Bihar on Thursday after an oil pipeline leakage, an Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) official said. Fire-fighters brought the massive fire under control after six hours.

Two people received severe burn injuries and many people had breathing problems.

The fire erupted in IOC's Barauni-Kanpur product pipeline near a railway track in Raghunathpur, 79km from Patna, the Bihar capital, the company's pipeline official said.

A spokesman said in the evening it took firefighters about six hours to bring the blaze under control. "It's going down. We have handed over the operations to the IOC teams who have arrived near the site."

The fire, probably caused by a crack in the pipeline, started around 3am (2.30am PST).

The IOC official at Barauni said the pipeline was filled with petrol when the fire broke out due to a leakage.

"There was heavy leakage in the pipeline at two places. The valves have been switched off but the fire has spread," he said.

He said the affected pipeline area contained about 2,500 kilolitres of petrol and most of it had gone waste.

He said rail traffic between Patna and Mughalsarai, in Uttar Pradesh, had been affected due to the fire.

The IOC official said the fire was caused by a leakage. "There was heavy leakage in the pipeline at two places. The valves have been switched off," he said.

He said the affected pipeline area contained about 2,500 kilolitres of petrol and most of it had been burnt

dawn.com