Seven killed in Iranian refinery fire
30 October 2017
The death toll from a fire at Tehran Oil Refinery rose to seven after one of those injured in the incident died in hospital, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency. The fire, which broke out on October 27 was initially reported to have killed six people and critically injured two. One of the latter succumbed to his injuries on October 28.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said in a public session of parliament that a number of related commissions have dispatched delegations to investigate the incident. Larijani called for adoption of measures in refineries to prevent the repetition of such incidents.
According to Hedayatollah Jamalipoor, the governor of Rey district, south of Tehran where the refinery is located, “when the engineers and technicians were busy repairing a unit of the refinery, leak of oil materials caused a fire and as a result, six engineers and technicians lost their lives and two others were injured.”
He said that other units in the refinery had not been affected.
Tehran Oil Refining Company is engaged in crude oil and hydrocarbon refining and is a subsidiary of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company.
Since sanctions were lifted last year under a 2015 multinational nuclear deal, Iran has signed contracts with foreign firms to repair and modernise its oil refineries.
On October 29, four workers were killed in a fire at the Rag Sefid oil field in the Iranian province of Bushehr, Xinhua reported citing the IRNA news agency. The cause of the accident was given as "an eruption of gas".