DIBRUGARH, July 18 - At least six oil tankers were gutted in a fire in a Bowser Unloading Station of Oil India Limited near the Oil Collection Station (OCS) at Dikom Tea Estate, some 20 kms from here at around 1:50 pm today.
The fire originated from a tanker during the unloading process and later spread to the other tankers, said Tridiv Hazarika, Manager, Public Relations & Corporate Communications, OIL, Duliajan. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Major devastation was averted with the rush of several fire tenders from Dibrugarh town, OIL, Duliajan, Air Force Station at Chabua and Moran town as the OCS was close to the site of the incident. Although an hour late, the blaze was brought under control by the fire fighters.
It may be mentioned here that a major fire had broken out in a nearby abandoned oil well in Dikom Tea Estate in September 2005, when hundreds of families, mostly tea garden workers, had to be evacuated to safer places.