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Fire at oil refinery near Iran’s capital burns for second day


TEHRAN, Iran – A massive fire broke out at an oil refinery near the Iranian capital on Thursday for the second day as firefighters struggled to douse the flames.

A fire broke out at the state-owned Tondguyan Petrochemical Company south of Tehran on Wednesday night, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the sky over the capital.

The oil ministry’s SHANA news agency said the fire was caused by a leak in two waste tanks at the facility. Officials initially suggested that the flames affected a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline at the refinery.

The head of Tehran’s emergency medical services, Peyman Sabarian, said the semi-official ISNA news agency said 11 people had been injured, including four in hospitals.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh visited the site overnight. Trying to reassure the public that the fire would not affect production, Iranians queued for gasoline on Thursday morning, the start of the weekend in the Islamic republic.

Shana quoted refinery spokesman Shakar Khafei as saying that officials expect the fire to go out on its own in the coming hours after the fuel runs out.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. Temperatures in Tehran reached nearly 40 °C (104 °F) on Wednesday. The hot summer weather in Iran has ignited the past.

The fire broke out on the same day that the biggest warship of the Iranian Navy caught fire, which later sank in the Gulf of Oman.

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