Fire at south China oil refinery, no casualties

11:08, July 11, 2011      

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Photo taken on July 11, 2011 shows heavy smoke over a refinery owned by China National Offshore Oil Corp., located in the Dayawan Economic and Technical Development Zone in Huizhou City, south Chian's Guangdong Province. A fire broke out early Monday after oil leaked from an equipment at the refinery, with no casualties reported. (Xinhua)


Fire broke out early Monday at an oil refinery in south China's Guangdong Province, but no casualties were caused, authorities said.

The fire was reported at 4:10 a.m. at an oil refinery in Huizhou City, and was put out in three hours, said a spokesman with the administrative committee of the Dayawan Economic and Technical Development Zone, where the refinery is located.

Flames soared over 100 meters high after oil leaked from an equipment at the Huizhou Refinery Company of China National Offshore Oil Corp., the spokesman and witnesses said.

More than 40 fire engines joined the rescue work.

Company sources said the fire did not cause any toxic spill, as only carbon dioxide was detected in the smog.

The fire was put under control by 7:10 a.m. but thick smokes were still seen from miles away.

The refinery is about 40 km from the Dayawan Nuclear Power Station.


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