Cell phone use may have caused Hazira fire: Report
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A high-level committee formed by the Ministry of Petroleum to probe the January 5 IOC fire incident at Hazira in Surat has mentioned in its report that use of mobile phones might have caused the fire in a tank that contained 5,000 kilo litres of petrol.
Four mobile phones were recovered from the spot, of which, two were totally damaged.
A three-member committee comprising executive director of Oil Industry and Safety Hirak Dutta, former chief fire officer of Delhi government R K Sharma and the Joint Controller of Explosives (Nagpur) had visited the site on January 14. They submitted their report to the ministry a couple of days ago.
IOC sources said the report states that use of mobile phones by the team of welders carrying out maintenance work at the depot could have triggered the fire. These contractual workers managed to breach the security and entered the site with cellphones, they added.
Earlier, the Surat police had arrested IOC terminal manager Prashant Pandey, assistant engineers Khomesh Dengre, Anurag Chandak (the three were suspended by the company for negligence days after the incident), and security officers Jaspalsingh Gajraj Singh and Birendra Sengre.
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