At least five people have been killed and 150 others sustained burn injuries in a major fire that broke out at Indian Oil Corporation fuel depot in Jaipur on Thursday evening.
Media reports say efforts are on the douse the fire that erupted at around 1930 hrs this evening while petrol was being transferred from the depot to a pipeline on the outskirts of the city.
The fire is said to have acquired an enormous shape.
Some 20 ambulances have been pressed into service to ferry the injured to city hospitals. The injured are being treated at the Sawai Mann Singh and MG hospitals.
“There may be injuries to some. We do not know as of now. An assessment can only be made after the fire is contained,” a corporation official was quoted as saying in New Delhi.
Power supply to the area remains cut off as a precautionary measure.
Though, the cause behind the fire was not immediately known, it came on a day when the firework festival of Gyaras is being celebrated in several parts of the country.