Major fire engulfs oil depot off India's Mumbai coast

Major fire engulfs oil depot off India's Mumbai coast”

A major fire broke out on Friday at Oil depot on Butcher Island located close to Elephanta Island on the Thane creek, near Mumbai.

However, there have been no reports of any casualty so far, he said. "The coast guard and the state government's agencies have been informed".

According to officials, the fire broke out in two fuel storage tanks. Fire fighting operation was on in morning as well.

People from the eastern coast of Mumbai could see thick smoke billowing out from Butcher Island, located almost 5 nautical miles off the Gateway of India.

"The fire is under control", said a BPCL official."The extent of losses is yet to be assessed". The firefighting operation to douse the flames is still underway. It is used as an oil terminal by the Mumbai Port Trust.

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