A massive fire broke out at Duvvada bio-diesel manufacturing plant of Biomax company near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Tuesday. So far, there have been no reports of causalities.

Police said nearly 40 fire engines were sent to the spot to control the blaze which started in the facilities of a company around 7:30 pm. At least 12 out of 18 tanks of fuel and raw materials at the spot have caught fire resulting in damage of around Rs 120 crore

The incident was confirmed by Indian Navy, whose aircraft took an aerial recce over the facility on Wednesday morning, saying that at least eight tanks were still in flames.

Firefighters said all the fuel in the tanks will need to be burnt out before any further action. As per some eye witnesses, six oil tankers also exploded due to the fire at the spot.

So far, the cause of the fire is not known but the damage is believed to be a loss of around Rs 120 crore, as each of the tanks had a capacity of 3,000 litres and were filled between 30 -70 percent.

Human Resources Development Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who immediately went to the scene to monitor the situation, has called for an enquiry into the matter.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu also take a stock of the situation from the top district civil and police officials as well as from the naval officials.

In the same region, a massive fire broke out in the HPCL plant in which more than 60 people died in 1997.

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