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9 Injured In Major Fire At Indian Oil Petrol Pump In Odisha

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Nine people were injured, two of them critically, in a major fire that broke out at an Indian Oil Corporation petrol pump near the Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, police said.
Five fire engines along with Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel doused the flame after fighting it for about two hours, fire department sources said.

The explosion caused by the fire was so loud that it caused people to rush out of the nearby buildings fearing that there was an earthquake.

Police said some nearby shops and houses suffered damages due to the blast.

Under the impact of the explosion several vehicles which were near the site at the time were found to have been thrown away, eye witnesses said.

The petrol pump itself was damaged in the fire, whose cause is yet to be ascertained.

The IOCL evacuated the fuel in two tanks of the petrol pump.

Senior officers of IOCL and the police rushed to the spot and the roads in the area were closed, officials said.

The critically injured have been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, said LD Sahu, director of Capital Hospital, where the rest are being treated.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has ordered a probe into the fire.

Mr Pradhan said he has directed the secretary to the petroleum and natural gas department to discuss with senior officials of the state government and IOCL about the fire and submit a report at the earliest.

I have directed the Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary to conduct a probe into the fire incident that took place near Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar, the Minister said in a Twitter post.

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Explosion destroys vacant rural Colorado gas station

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One person was taken to the hospital and a vacant gas station was destroyed after a tanker loaded with crude oil caught fire and exploded early Sunday morning in rural Weld County. 
The fire was first reported at County Road 129 and Highway 14 just after 2:30 a.m., the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said. 
Thirty firefighters were called to the scene and were able to finish mopping up the blaze at around 9:30 a.m. 
People on the south end of nearby New Raymer, Colorado were evacuated due to the fire, but have since been allowed to return home.
The person who was injured was taken to a hospital in Greeley. While his or her condition was not released, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office says it is stable. 
What caused the tanker to explode in the first place remains under investigation. 
New Raymer is located in northeast Colorado and has a population of around 100 people, according to U.S. census data.
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Explosion at a petrol station causes 140 gallons of petrol to run “down Main Street” in City of Beacon, USA

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An explosion at a City of Beacon gas station caused 140 gallons of gas to run “down Main Street” this afternoon, said City of Beacon Fire Chief Gary Van Voorhis.
No one was killed or injured, Van Voorhis said. Some residents on Main Street were evacuated while first responders monitored buildings for any suspicious odors.
The spill only affected the Main Street block between Fishkill Avenue, or Route 52, and Veterans Place, said Beacon police Chief Doug Solomon. The section of the road was re-opened by 4 p.m.
The explosion happened around 1:45 p.m. at the newly renovated Xtra Fuels gas station, on Main Street and Fishkill Avenue, when an American Petroleum employee was filling the underground gas tanks with fuel, Van Voorhis said.
And 140 gallons of gas “shot out of the hole and ran down Main Street,” Van Voorhis said.
“It was some kind of explosion, no flame or fire,” Solomon said. “The tank caps blew up 20 or 30 feet in the air.”
Firefighters arrived quickly “and diked the gas spill from going to the storm sewer system,” Van Voorhis said. The employee who was filling the tanks was not injured — he “refused medical treatment” — but he was covered in gas. “We hosed him off.”
Solomon said he doesn’t believe there was any property damage.
The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time, both chiefs said.
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