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Six killed in Pak navy oil tanker blaze, above 90 injured

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 11, IRNA - At least six officers and sailors of the 
Pakistan Navy were killed and over 90 injured in a fire aboard a 
navy ship at a dockyard in the port city of Karachi on Thursday. 
The death toll is feared to climb, as some of the injured are 
suffering from serious burn injuries and are fighting for their life. 
"Unfortunately, today Pakistan Navy oil tanker PNS Moawin met 
an accident of fire, while it was undergoing maintenance work at 
dockyard. The accident occurred at 1500 hours and there are six 
casualties, 40 personnel have received minor and 55 serious 
injuries," a Navy statement said. 
The blaze at Moawin broke out in fuel tanker after a gas leakage 
started during naval exercise at 03:00 reports said. 
"Immediate inquiry has also been ordered to establish the cause 
of the accident and extent of damages. However, the initial 
investigation has revealed that the cause was human error," the 
statement added. 
The accident reportedly happened as the mechanics did not follow 
the set procedure. 
Reports quoted a navy spokesman as saying that some 55 people are 
in serious condition while 40 received minor injuries and all have 
been admitted in a navy hospital in Karachi for treatment. Hospital 
sources said majority of the injured suffered severe burns. 
Reports said that the blaze started when the mechanics were 
engaged in repairing exhaust fan, killing three of them on the spot. 
Besides, three others died in hospital. 
Ambulances rushed to the site to shift the injured to a naval 
hospital, and helicopters were also called in to remove the injured. 
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