One Dead in Turkey Refinery Blaze

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ 12:04 PM gHale

One person is dead and four others injured after a fire broke out at Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (TÜPRAŞ) in the western province of Izmit Sunday night.

The fire broke at 10:40 p.m. local time as workers were conducting routine maintenance work at the refinery. The fire occurred in the crude oil unit. The refinery’s technical security teams got the fire out by 11:45 p.m.

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The injured ended up rushed to the hospital and were not seriously hurt. TÜPRAŞ said the injured workers are in good condition.

In February, the refinery suffered from another fire, but there were no casualties. That fire was because of a failure of technical equipment, the company said.

Refinery workers and residents in nearby apartments ended up evacuated following the February fire.

Tüpraş is Turkey’s sole oil refiner, operating four refineries with an annual capacity of 28.1 million tons of crude.

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