An enormous hearth broke out Wednesday night time on the oil refinery serving Iran’s capital, sending thick plumes of black smoke over Tehran. It wasn’t instantly clear if there have been accidents.
The fireplace struck the state-owned Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co. to the south of Tehran, mentioned Mansour Darajati, the director-general of the capital’s disaster administration staff.
Firefighters consider it struck a pipeline for liquefied petroleum fuel on the facility, Darajati advised Iranian state tv. He didn’t elaborate.
Related Press journalists in central Tehran, some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) away, may see the black smoke rise within the distance. One other AP journalist noticed flames capturing into the sky from the location.
Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman for Iran’s emergency division, advised the semiofficial ISNA information company that 10 ambulances and different gear had been deployed on the scene of the fireplace. Hospitals within the space are on standby as nicely, he mentioned.
It wasn’t instantly clear what began the blaze. Temperatures in Tehran reached almost 40 levels Celsius (104 levels Fahrenheit) on Wednesday. Sizzling summer season climate in Iran has triggered fires previously.
The blaze got here the identical day a fireplace struck the Iranian navy’s largest warship, which later sank within the Gulf of Oman.