Govt commission reveals serious violations at Vasylkiv oil depot at time of fire – emergency service
The government commission on investigating an accident at the BRSM oil depot in Vasylkiv district (Kyiv region) has revealed a number of grave violations that caused the rapid spread of the fire.
Deputy Head of the State Emergencies Service in Kyiv region Ruslan Bukhanets announced the findings as the Petroleum Ukraine 2015 conference organized by the A-95 consulting group (Kyiv).
"At the time of fire the necessary reserve of water in the firewater pond and the reserve of fire extinguishing agents was absent... The delivery of 45 tonnes of foaming agent was provided only during quenching, though foaming agents should have been stored at the depot," he said.
Bukhanets said that 12 tonnes of foaming agent used to extinguish the fire was provided by KLO, 33 tonnes was provided by the Emergencies Service, and only 10 tonnes was delivered by BRSM.
Bukhanets said that the firewater pond at the oil depot looked like a swamp.
"The oil depot had no automatic extinguishing system or a mobile feeding system of extinguishing agents...," the expert said.
He went on to say that the oil depot did not observe the necessary minimum distance between the objects and there was no certificate of the State Architectural and Construction Controls about the objects' readiness for operation after reconstruction.