There is said to be an uncontrolled release of gas int he Bahgjan oilfield. The impact of the fire was particularly severe on the residents of Baghjan village, located around one kilometer from the site, who were already living in a relief camp following the blowout on May 27, amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions as well.
As per the resident, Satyajeet Moran, “People of our village now had to evacuate the relief camp set up in the village school and go and seek shelter at Jokaimukh village, which is 12 km away from here. After the blowout, this fire has completely finished our village. Many houses were burnt along with widespread damage to property.”
OIL released a statement saying that the well caught fire while the clearing operation was on at the well site. While the initial statement reported no casualties, on the morning of Wednesday, June 10, bodies of two firefighters, both of whom were employees of OIL were recovered from a pond near the site by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). The firefighters have been identified as Tikheswar Gohain and Durlov Gogoi, both of whom were missing since Tuesday evening after the fire broke out.