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Five killed in India refinery fire

05 December 2016

Five workers have died and three others are critically injured after fire broke out at the refinery complex of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) in Jamnagar, Gujarat, on November 23. All five succumbed to their injuries over the following days.

Jamnagar refinery - Image: RIL
Jamnagar refinery - Image: RIL

Jamnagar district police said the fire broke out after a gas leak in the fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU). Other sources said that workers were grinding a pipe when a spark from the grinder ignited residual hydrocarbon gas, causing the flash fire.

In a statement, RIL said that the unit where the fire broke out was shut down for maintenance and that the fire had been put out swiftly by site firefighters. All operations at the refinery continue to be normal, the statement said.

Local prosecutors will hold an investigation into the case.

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