An official communication from the ministry said, In a statement issued by the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) a fire in gas pipe line of Coke Oven Battery Complex No. 11 of its Bhilai Steel Plant broke out at around 10.30 am today. The fire broke out during a scheduled maintenance job. Nine persons have lost their lives and 14 are undergoing medical treatment for burn injuries. All resources have been mobilized to provide adequate care to the injured. SAIL is providing all the support to the families of the affected.
Minister of State for Steel, Vishnudeo Sai, Steel Secretary, Binoy Kumar and SAIL Chairman, Saraswati Prasad along with other senior officers are rushing to Bhilai to take stock of the situation and stand by the bereaved families.
Tuesday blast at the Bhilai Steel Plant of state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district the explosion took place around 11 am in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town, located around 30 km away from Raipur, Inspector General of Police-Durg Range G P Singh said.
“At least six people were burnt to death while 14 others received injuries and most of them were said to be in a serious condition,” he said.
As per preliminary information, over 24 employees were working at the spot when the accident occurred, he said.
Police personnel and a rescue team rushed to the spot, he said, adding that all the victims were being taken to a local hospital.
Rescue operation was still underway at the plant, operated by the state-run SAIL.