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Major Fire in Indian Oil Building

November 1st, 2009 Category: Fires

Fire in India - October 31st, 2009

Fire in India - October 31st, 2009

Fire and Smoke - © Mustafa Quraishi/AP Photo

Fire and Smoke

Animation of Fire

Animation of Fire

A huge fire at an Indian oil depot that has killed at least six people and injured 150 will be allowed to burn out as firefighters have little hope of dousing it, officials said Friday.

The starting point of the blaze is visible in the upper left quadrant of the main image. Dense clouds of black smoke billowed out of at least three oil tanks which were ablaze.

Here, thick black smoke blows far to the southeast, creating a dark triangle over the landscape. Also visible is some light grey smoke from agricultural fires in the upper right quadrant.

The animated image provides a comparative look at the area, showing how it looked before and during the fire. The yellow triangle highlights the path of the smoke. The photograph, on the other hand, gives a view from the ground of the thick black trails of smoke visible in the satellite imagery.

The depot is located near the city of Jaipur in the western state of Rajasthan where the fire has been burning for nearly 24 hours since it broke out Thursday evening. Six people are still trapped inside the building. The federal petroleum minister reported that there is no way of putting out the fire; it must simply die down on its own.

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