WATCH: Huge fire rips through oil refinery in Erbil, Iraq

WATCH: Huge fire rips through oil refinery in Erbil, Iraq. Credit: Erbil Civil Defence/Facebook.

THIS is the moment that a huge fire ripped through an oil refinery in Erbil, Iraq.

The blaze broke out today, Monday morning, in an oil refinery in Erbil’s Qushtapa sub-district, according to official accounts.

The Erbil Civil Defence posted a live video of the fire engulfing the refinery shortly after 10am local time as emergency services attempted to extinguish the flames.

The video shows the flames dancing above the steel drums in the plant, with smoke billowing into the sky.

Another video was posted on Twitter, crediting the Erbil Civil Defence, adding that despite the magnitude of the fire, “no casualties have been reported”.

RawNews1st tweeted: “BREAKING: #Erbil Huge fire broke out in an oil refinery in Erbil’s Qushtapa sub-district, no casualties have been reported Source {Erbil Civil Defence}.”

Earlier this month a video emerged of the Jakarta mosque collapsing after catching fire.

The shocking scenes were posted online showing the extent of the damage, which happened at the Koja Jakarta Islamic Center.

First reports of the fire in the Indonesian capital came in at 15.22 local time, with witnesses to the collapse speaking out on social media.

The Islamic organisation posted the video on Twitter with the caption: “The dome of the Koja Jakarta Islamic Center Mosque is on fire.”

Six fire engines were deployed to the location, confirmed the North Jakarta Fire Station picket officer, Teddy, when the news was confirmed at 15.47 local time.

The fire officer said his side received the initial report of the fire at 15.22 local time, but would not comment further on the details surrounding the incident.


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