Major disaster averted at IOC LPG bottling plant

Balasore: A major disaster was averted on Friday as a fire broke out inside the premises of Indian Oil Corporation`s (IOC) LPG bottling plant near here, plant sources said.

However, due to alertness of of the plant security staff, the fire could be controlled in time, plant manager Chandan Bisai said,

"Fire broke out because of some electrical sparking from a private construction site close to the plant. Under the impact of the spark, the nearby grass and bushes caught fire which gradually spread to the buffer zone of the plant," he said

The fire was controlled within 10 minutes and there was no damage, he said. He further said that they had requested the district administration to ensure that no private construction or garage should be allowed within 500 meters of the plant as per the rule.

Four fire tenders were pressed into service to control fire, the sources said.