Inferno : Two killed as fire sweeps through KPT oil terminal

At least nine fire tenders took part in the rescue operation

Our Correspondent November 27, 2016
The fire comes soon after the deadly Gadani ship-breaking yard incident in which 26 workers were killed. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Two people were killed and as many went missing as a fire erupted in a chemical storage tank at the Karachi port on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Arif and Tahir, said Jackson police station SHO Rao Khalid, adding that the search for two other people who went missing is under way.

At least nine fire tenders took part in the rescue operation but, even after three hours, were not able to put out the fire.

SHO Khalid said that the fire broke out when methanol was being pumped into a storage tank from a vessel anchored at the port.

Two killed as blaze erupts in Karachi's Kemari area

He said that the terminal where the tanks are located was operated by a private company, 'phi'.

Meanwhile, The Karachi Port Trust fire chief Saeed Jadoon said that the fire could have been caused due to human error, adding that it is too early to say what exactly happened. Further investigations are under way.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2016.


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