Massive fire erupts at Keamari oil terminal

KARACHI: A massive fire broke out in China Port at South Asia Port Terminal (SAPTL) in the Keamari area of Karachi on Sunday.

According to details, the fire broke out at South Asia Port Terminal at 12:10 pm today and fire brigade personnel reached the spot as soon as it was reported.

The fire tenders of the Karachi Port Trust and KMC Fire Brigade are trying to control the fire.

An official of the KPT fire department informed that the exact cause of the blaze may become clear after investigation.“Due to the high intensity of the fire, the fire brigade is facing difficulties in putting out the fire, the official added.

When contacted by M.M News, South Asia Pakistan Terminal (SAPT) has clarified that a minor fire incident occurred in their examination area. “Safety protocols were immediately initiated and with rapid response from the KPT fire tenders, the fire was controlled shortly,” they added.  

The SAPT also thanked the KPT Chairman, Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar for his personal involvement in this regard. “No injuries were reported and the fire neither impacted our operations,” they asserted, adding that they were assessing the causes and extent of property damage.

On September 3, two people burned to death and another three suffered burn injuries after a fire broke out at an oil terminal in Karachi’s Kemari district.

According to details, the blaze erupted in the Shell Oil Depot at Keamari Terminal-1 following which three injured people were shifted to the Burns Centre of the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital.

In this regard, Jackson police Station House Officer (SHO) Malik Adil Khan has informed that five employees of the company were reportedly present when the fire broke out. The deceased were identified as Shahid and Salih Mohammed.

The fire affected oil supply to the entire country after the All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association (APOTOA) advised tanker owners, drivers and cleaners to stay away from the affected oil depot for their safety.

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