A huge fire broke out on Wednesday evening in the oil refinery serving the Iranian capital, sending thick plumes of black smoke over Tehran. It was not immediately clear if there had been any injuries.
The fire hit the state-owned Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co. in southern Tehran, said Mansour Darajati, general manager of the capital’s crisis management team.
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Firefighters believe it struck a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline at the facility, Darajati told Iranian state television. He did not develop.
Associated Press reporters in central Tehran, about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles), could see black smoke rising in the distance. Another AP reporter saw flames erupt from the site.
Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the Iranian emergency service, told the semi-official ISNA news agency that 10 ambulances and other equipment had been deployed to the scene of the blaze. Hospitals in the region are also on hold, he said.
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It was not immediately clear what had started the fire. Temperatures in Tehran reached nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday. The hot summer weather in Iran has caused fires in the past.
The blaze came the same day a fire hit Iran’s largest naval warship, which then sank in the Gulf of Oman.
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