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PROMPT & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSE OF KPT TO EXTINGUISH FIRE

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Karachi Port Trust responded immediately to extinguish fire that broke out today in the oil terminal facility of Shell in the afternoon.

PSO lines were crossing over from the premises of Shell in which fire broke out.

Chairman KPT Rear Admiral (R) Jamil Akhtar HI(M) T.Bt, led KPT team and promptly rushed to the scene of incident and took charge of the major fire extinguishing operation that lasted over 4 hours.

All available KPT efforts and assets were brought to bear the brunt of potentially endangering the major part of the large Oil Installation Area (OIA) in Keamari.

Although OIA does not fall under the area of KPT responsibility, KPT took its initiative to thwart the menace of fire that threatened the major oil storage of Pakistan adjacent to the KPT area.

What has caused the fire is unclear at the moment. However, reports say that PSO staff was working on its fuel carrying lines inside the Shell premises while the fire occurred.

Undertaking repair works in such a sensitive area is a specialized job and is supposed to be conducted under authorized experts.

Therefore, it appears that ignition of in such a fire is a sequel to some serious violation of safeties required to be adopted for such a work. KPT will take strict actions against the culprits found guilty of such a violation, if any.

Chairman KPT has requested Commissioner Karachi to convene enquiry to establish the root cause behind the incident which has taken two precious lives and injured three.

KPT has confirmed that a FIR of the incident is also being lodged against those responsible for the incident.

The eye witnesses have confirmed that KPT firefighting team reached scene of fire immediately with 7 fire tenders as soon as the incident was reported at 1305 hours.

Besides KPT, 2 fire tenders of Navy and 1 fire tender of KMC have also participated in this firefighting operation.

KPT sprayed foam over fire and then later engaged 2 Thermosal (Foam Making Machine) for dousing fire during the occasion. Besides this mud was also dumped over fire through dumpers.

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