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Nanjing refinery blaze reignites

10 June 2014

A state-run oil refinery in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China, was still in flames on the morning of June 10 from an oil tank fire after firefighters thought they had stemmed a five-hour blaze from an earlier explosion, according to Xinhua. No casualties have been reported so far.

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The public security bureau and other authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion at the plant, which is owned by the Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company. 

Some 200 firefighters battled to bring the earlier fire under control and reported it extinguished, but some hours later, flames raged again after combustible material in an oil tank ignited.

The petrochemical company, a subsidiary of state-run oil giant China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), has said that it will implement strict security measures and step up “safety accountability” following the incident.

According to the South China Morning Post, the company promised full public disclosure of the investigation results and said those found responsible for the blast would be severely punished.

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