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One worker died, and three sustained injuries when a massive fire broke out on an oil products tanker berthed at the Port of Chennai in India, the police said.

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The accident occurred when the crew members were trying to carry out repair work. A gas pipeline burst onboard the vessel, and the victims were immediately taken to the hospital.

The workers used a gas cutter to remove a bolt and carry out repairs near the engine. Per news agency PTI, the sparks from the gas cutter fell on the pipeline, causing the fire.

Sagaya Thangaraj, engaged in repair work, died on the spot while three others, Joswa, Pushpalingam and Rajesh, who accompanied him, were badly injured, per police reports.

They were saved and taken to the city’s Kilpakkam Government Medical College Hospital and are receiving intensive care treatment. The Chennai Port Police is conducting a thorough investigation of the accident.

The accident occurred on the MT Patriot ship, an Odisha-based oil tanker that came to Chennai for repair at the Coastal Work Place, Chennai Port Complex, on October 31st.

References: The Hindu, News9live

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