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Oil refinery fire severely injures six in Pakistan

17 November 2021

Six people suffered severe burns injuries after a fire broke out on an underground pipeline at Pakistan’s National Oil Refinery in Karachi. The blaze was caused by an explosion which occurred while maintenance work was being carried out on the line to repair a leak.

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Representative image: Shutterstock

The National Oil Refinery is located near the Korangi industrial area in the east of Karachi. Local police, firefighters, and even residents rushed to the scene to help contain the fire from spreading. It was eventually brought under control after several hours.

Eyewitnesses told local news that the work on the underground pipeline began at around 03:00 local time when a tractor was used for excavation and to gain access to the line. An ignition source then caused an initial explosion and a fire.

The driver of the excavator, a security guard, and four labourers suffered burn injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. Four of the injured required extensive treatment for their injuries, while two were later released from hospital.

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