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Eight died in Kazakh oil reservoir fire

12 october 2011, 11:11
Photo courtesy of mchs.gov.ru
Photo courtesy of mchs.gov.ru
Eight workers died after a fire broke out at an oil pumping station during a routine maintenance, the state-owned KazTransOil oil transport company said in a statement. The fire started on October 11 at 1:03 p.m. local time. Explosion of gas-air mixture caused the fire, Emergency Situations Ministry says.

The workers were cleaning oil storage equipment at the company's Aktau oil pumping station in the country's southwest when the fire started, said the statement. The size of the oil storage tank was 5000 cubic meteres.

"A fire broke out on in course of works to clean the oil storage reservoir of residue," the company statement said. "Eight contract workers died as a result."

The workers who died in the fire were all between 18 and 25 years old, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Seven of them have already been identified. Investigation is underway.

According to LADA newspaper, one of the contract workers was pulled out of the furning oil tank. He was delivered to a hospital with severe burns. He said that the accident occured through the fault of the youngest worker in the team: he lit a match, in spite of the warning of the older guys, he said. That match caued the fire.

According to the newspaper the survivor died in the hospital: he had 3rd degree burns over 90% of his body.

Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest economy, has more than tripled crude output over the past decade to become the second-biggest producer in the former Soviet Union after Russia.

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