Tehran, Iran, Jan. 29
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Firefighters have fought for four hours to put off a fire that had erupted at a tanker at Tehran’s Tondgooyan Refinery, no lives were lost, IRNA news agency reported Jan. 29.
A 500,000-liter tanker at the refinery caught fire at 00:19 (GMT +3:30). One hundred and twenty firefighters were dispatched to the spot, according to the news agency.
Local authorities said the cause of the conflagration has not been identified. The heat melted the tanker. The refinery suffered great financial loss, the report said.
Last October reports said a series of suspicious fires at Iran’s oil, gas, and petrochemical facilities had cost the country some 100,000 liters of condensates.
Some news outlets have said the serial fires indicate the possibility of cyberattacks.
The most recent such fire hit Piroozi Oil and Gas Refinery in Shahrud, Semnan Province early morning on Oct. 7 and was put out only after five hours of 40-man firefighting. Local authorities said four people had been injured. The cause of the fire is yet to be established.
From April to October last year, a similar incident had happened in Iran every 12 days on average.