Brazil: 1 killed in fuel depot blaze

2013-05-24 14:32
Fire-fighters walk away from the site where fuel storage tanks burn, background, in the northern outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP)

Fire-fighters walk away from the site where fuel storage tanks burn, background, in the northern outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Rio de Janeiro - One person was killed in a spectacular fire that broke out in a fuel depot on the northern edge of Rio de Janeiro and spread to nearby homes, officials said.

Six giant fuel containers at the storage site caught fire, sending giant flames up to 50m leaping into the air and columns of thick smoke far into the sky that could be seen miles away.

The victim was a 43 year-old man who worked at the site, owned by Petrogold fuel distributors. He was rushed to the hospital with 90% of his body burned but died soon after, local media reported.

The fire broke out just after 11:00, and about an hour later spread to the nearby homes.

Fire-fighters cleared out a four-block radius around the fuel depot, located in Duque de Caxias on the northern edge of metropolitan Rio. There were homes and a school within the evacuated area, said deputy Civil Defense secretary Jerry Pires.

Duque de Caxias Mayor Alexandre Cardoso ordered an investigation.

"It is unacceptable to locate a time bomb in places were people live and study," Cardoso said.

According to officials with the state of Rio de Janeiro, Petrogold had no environmental license to operate, and had already been raided by federal police. The site was operating only because its case was being appealed in court.

Rio de Janeiro next month will be one of the sites for the Confederations Cup, a dry run for next year's football World Cup.

In July the city will also welcome Pope Francis and some 2.5 million people for World Youth Day, a major Roman Catholic Youth festival.

And Rio de Janeiro will also host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Read more on:    brazil

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.