Massive Inferno And Explosions At Major Oil Refinery

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Philadelphia Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said during a morning news conference that the fire is contained inside a Value-Added Tax and the Philadelphia Fire Department is supporting Philadelphia Energy Solutions emergency responders to ensure that the blaze does not spread. The fire could be seen for miles. That order was later lifted around 7 a.m.as fire crews were able to contain the flames to the general Value-Added Tax area.

No injuries have been reported and the fire is now contained but not under control.

The cause of the fire was still unclear.

Three fire stations and a hazardous materials response crew were mobilised, the fire department official said.

Thick black smoke billowed across the city after the fire started.

One worker was in the refinery when the explosion happened but was far enough away to avoid serious harm.

"Based on the result of samples taken this morning, the health department has no findings that would suggest there is a threat to the public health as a result of today's fire", department director with the Office of Emergency Management Noel Feleza said. Extensive smoke from burning petroleum chemicals blanketed the area for several hours, though the order was lifted after Philadelphia Energy Solutions detected no further danger from inhalants.

On June 10, a fire broke out at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex, affecting the facility's 50,000-bpd catalytic cracking unit, a source familiar with the refinery operations told Reuters.

The Platt Bridge was closed so fire equipment could be brought to the scene, according to ABC6. Kenney said he has asked company and city officials "to convene a working group" to "explore concerns" regarding the two fires.

The refinery is the largest on the eastern seaboard, producing 335,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

A fire at a Philadelphia refinery led to a massive explosion that sent shockwaves throughout the city at 4:20 am on Friday. It emerged from bankruptcy previous year but has continued to struggle.

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