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Massive Fire Breaks Out at Oil Refinery Serving Tehran

A massive fire broke out Wednesday night at the oil refinery serving Iran’s capital Tehran. The fire sent thick plumes of black smoke over Tehran. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries.

The fire struck the state-owned Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co. to the south of Tehran, said Mansour Darajati, the director-general of the capital’s crisis management team.

Firefighters believe it struck a pipeline for liquefied petroleum gas at the facility, Darajati told Iranian state television. He did not elaborate.

It was not immediately clear what started the blaze, but AP noted that temperatures in Tehran reached nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday. Hot summer weather in Iran has caused fires in the past. (INN / VFI News)