Fire partially guts oil refining unit at Cuncolim

A major fire broke out in an oil refining unit in the Cuncolim industrial estate at around 3.30 pm on Friday, destroying property worth Rs 4 lakh. Three fire tenders fought the fire, which was brought under control in over two hours. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

According to information available, the fire services department at Margao received a call at around 4 pm and the station fire officer, Mr Gill De Souza, along with the personnel and a fire tender, immediately rushed to the site to bring the fire under control.
Mr De Souza said that there were five persons in the storeroom when the fire broke out and luckily they escaped unhurt. Two fire tenders from Margao and one from Curchorem were pressed into service to fight the fire, which was brought under control at around 6 pm.
Explaining about the damages, the fire officer said that the front shed of the unit and some other materials have been destroyed in the fire. Besides, the generator has also been damaged. Sources said that oil, which was stored in a room, acted as fuel to the fire and intensified the flames. However, the roof of the unit building was saved from being destroyed. The fire personnel said that they were successful in saving property worth Rs 5 lakh. Though the loss is estimated to be Rs 4 lakh, further inquiry is in progress. The assistant divisional fire officer, Mr Nitin Raikar also visited the place.
When the Cuncolim police station was contacted, the police officials said that they visited the site after receiving information. They said that no offence has been registered. Police sources said that apart from fire tenders, separate water tankers were also used to douse the flames. Sources further said that police have conducted the panchanama and cause of the fire is being investigated. Police said that they would write to the power department in this regard. [NT]