Massive fire at Iranian oil refinery extinguished; 11 Injured
A huge fire broke out at the Tondgooyan Refinery in the southern part of the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, 2 June 2021 at around 19h30 local time. One of the two fuel tanks burning at the refinery exploded on Thursday. State media reported that the material stored in the cold slop tank had spread out around the tank after the explosion and caught fire. Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said all operations had been suspended at the facility as fire fighters tried to contain the blaze. Fire fighters had managed to almost extinguish the fire in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks but the explosion Thursday morning reverted the situation back to what it had been about eight hours earlier.
Tehran Municipality Fire Department Spokesman, Jalal Maleki said that more than 10 fire stations with the necessary facilities such as water tankers and fire fighting apparatus were dispatched to the refinery from the very beginning.
Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the national rescue service, said 11 people, including nine fire fighters tackling the blaze, were injured. Khaledi said that 10 ambulances and other equipment had been deployed at the scene of the fire. Hospitals in the area were on standby as well.
State television reported that 18 tanks had caught fire.
The facility is located in a large industrial zone on the outskirts of the Iranian capital, near residential areas.
"A leak at a liquid gas pipeline at the facility sparked the fire," Mansour Darajati, the head of Tehran's crisis management organisation said. The cause of fire will be investigated, he added. Shaker Khafaii, head of the Tehran Oil Refining Co, which runs the refinery, ruled out the possibility of sabotage, Iran's state TV reported.
The fire was extinguished after more than 20 hours.
IRNA said the facility has been in operation since 1968 and has a capacity of refining some 250 000 barrels of oil per day.
Sources: AFP, Iran International, Iran Press