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Six injured as underground oil pipeline catches fire in Karachi

Rescue officials said the blaze has now been brought under control. Source: Wikipedia.

KARACHI: At least six people were injured as an underground oil pipeline leak resulted in a huge fire in Korangi Industrial Area on Tuesday morning.

Rescue officials said the blaze has now been brought under control. According to police and firemen, oil leaking from the underground pipeline of an oil refinery in Korangi Industrial Area caught fire as a result of which six people, including a security guard, suffered burn injuries. Two vehicles were also gutted in the blaze.

Four of the injured with severe burns were shifted to Civil hospital’s burns ward, while the two others were taken to Jinnah hospital for medical treatment, rescue officials said. The blaze has been extinguished, rescue officials said, adding that three fire tenders took part in the firefighting operation.

Workers of the oil refinery located in Mehran Town Sector 15 in Korangi were repairing an underground line leakage when a spark triggered a fire that broke out with a blast during excavation work.

The fire injured the driver of the excavator, security guard of the private company and two labourers. Two others also sustained slight injuries. Three fire tenders, two of them from the KMC, took part in the fire extinguishing exercise.