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Fire at ONGC oil well in Ahmedabad kills two

Four other contractual workers who were afflicted with severe burn injuries are being treated at a hospital in Ahmedabad, an official statement said

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Ahmedabad: Fire gutted an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) oil well on late Wednesday evening in Ahmedabad and claimed the lives of two contractual workers, sources said. At least four people have also sustained severe burn injuries. The incident was later confirmed by ONGC via an official statement. “A fire broke out around 2030 hours in an ONGC well at Nandej (Well #6) near Ahmedabad while workover (repair and maintenance) operations were being carried out,” a statement released by ONGC said.

While one of the two people who died was charred in fire, another worker succumbed to injuries
To control the fire, the oil and gas company formed a team of officials to provide medical aid and rushed four fire tenders to the spot. Additionally, five fire tenders were deployed by the district authorities. While one of the two people who died was charred in fire, another worker succumbed to injuries. “Four other contractual workers who were afflicted with severe burn injuries are being treated at a hospital in Ahmedabad,” the statement said. The Ahmedabad asset of ONGC has over 2,500 wells, at least 50 percent of which are operational currently. An inquiry has been initiated into the cause of the fire.