KARACHI - An explosion at the Kimari Oil Terminal caused a huge fire and claimed lives of two people on Saturday.

According to eyewitnesses, an oil tank filled with 1,000 tonnes of fuel caught fire after an explosion. Four people were standing near the tank at the time of the incident and two of them were killed.

Fire extinguishers of the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Pakistan Navy rushed to the scene to douse the fire. There was a huge quantity of oil all around the place. Fire fighters used foam and chemical to extinguish the fire, officials said.

It’s believed that the fire erupted due to human negligence. However, investigators have yet to find out if it was an act of terrorism. Rescuers managed to retrieve two bodies and two wounded workers. The bodies were shifted to the hospital for their autopsies and the injured for their treatment.

The Pakistan State Oil said in a statement that its storage tank remained safe in Saturday’s incident. The PSO spokesperson said that the fire erupted in the menthol tank of the Pakistan House International.

He said the PSO oil tanks and staffers remained unhurt in the fire and PSO workers contributed to the rescue efforts. Those killed in the incident have yet to be identified.

It’s worth mentioning here that at least 25 people were killed and 50 injured when an oil tank at Gadani Shipyard yard caught fire on November 1.