8 December 2022

Aizawl : Four persons were burnt to death and 17 others were injured when an oil-carrying petrol tanker caught fire at Tuirial Airfield village near Aizawl on Saturday evening.

Police on Sunday said the tanker met with an accident and overturned, following which a fire broke out when some people were taking out petrol from the tanker.

Police have launched an. investigation into the incident and suspect that the I fire might have been triggered by someone lighting a cigarette while petrol was being taken out by the locals.

oil tanker catches fire
oil tanker catches fire

The charred bodies of the four persons were taken to their respective villages after their post – mortem examinations were conducted at the Civil Hospital in Aizawl on Sunday The identification of the bodies took more than 12 hours.

Among those injured, one person sustained 100 % burns, another one suffered 80-90 % burns and four others suffered 60 % or more burns, the police said.

Except for 11 12 – year old boys who were discharged after the administration of first aid, all the other injured people were admitted to different hospitals.

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