After three days, Mumbai's 'Butcher Island fire' finally brought under control


Mumbai’s firefighters managed to control the three-day long fire at ‘Butcher Island’ which is off the city’s east coast.

A massive fire broke out on Friday evening on the island which contained high-speed diesel and according to the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), the fire broke out because of a lightning strike.

The island, officially known as ‘Jawahar Dweep’, houses a marine oil terminal of MbPT.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) had indicated the possibility of a fire in tank 13 but nothing has happened. This fire has not caused any life loss. Also, due to this incident, there will be no shortage of high-speed diesel in the market,” Manohar Rao, Executive Director, BPCL.

More than 60 fire-fighters from the Mumbai fire brigade and the MbPT fire service worked for three days in a row to contain the blazing chaos.

Operation at Jawahar Dweep island is completed successfully. Multiple agencies such as the MbPT, oil major BPCL (which owns the tank that caught fire), ONGC, state planning agency CIDCO and fire services of Maharashtra government carried out a joint operation to contain the fire,” Sanjay Bhatia, MbPT chairman.