BREAKING: Massive fire breaks out at Guaragao oil refinery in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

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A huge fire is raging at the Guaragao oil refinery in the port city of Puerto La Cruz in Venezuela.

 

A huge blaze has broken out at the state-run PDVSA Guaragao oil refinery which is located in the port city of Puerto La Cruz, in Anzoategui State, Venezuela. In video footage uploaded on social media, thick plumes of black smoke can be seen rising into the sky.

Local media has reported that the cause of the blaze was a lightning strike on the refinery. Firefighters are currently battling the fire and there have been no reports of casualties. Residents in the vicinity of the facility have reportedly been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Speaking on state TV, the oil minister Tareck El Aissami, said that all the workers were removed from the facility. “The refinery‘s tanks and plants were not affected, but there is a considerable fire within the refinery”.

Carlos Perez, Venezuela’s deputy minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection, tweeted saying that the fire started in one of the refinery’s residual deposits. “A residual deposit in the industrial services area caught fire around 2pm local time. It’s a separating area where the fuel goes, including leftover gasoline”, added a source, as reported by hydrocarbonprocessing.com.

This is a breaking news story and we will try to keep you updated as more information becomes available, thank you.

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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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