Fire at abandoned ONGC well in Tripura rages for 8 hours

Agartala: Fire broke out at an abandoned ONGC gas well in Tripura on Friday and took ten fire tenders an eight hour battle to extinguish, officials said. "Fire broke out today (Friday) afternoon at the ONGC's (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) deserted gas well at Gojalia in Subroom subdivision (in southern Tripura). "Ten fire tenders, including two of ONGC, managed to doused the flames at 9.45 p.m. after an eight hours struggle," South Tripura district police chief Bhanupada Chakraborty told IANS over phone. Chakraborty, who is camping in the spot, 140 km south of Agartala, said that the well was abandoned by the ONGC about 20 years ago and it was sealed. "All of a sudden after leakage of some gas, huge fire broke out in the well in a tribal dominated areas and ten fire tenders and ONGC experts have rushed to the spot to control the fire," the police official added. There was, however, no major damage or any injury yet. The police official said that some panicky people, those residing nearby the danger areas have been immediately shifted to faraway places and a large security forces were deployed to control the crowd and the situation as well. No officials from ONGC were available to know the further details. The areas is close to Bangladesh border.