Fire fighters contain inferno at Lebanon’s Zahrani oil facility

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A large fire that broke out in one of the tanks containing benzene at the Al-Zahrani oil facility in southern Lebanon on Monday has been contained,

According to Local media, the cause of the fire is yet unknown, however, firefighters are working to extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading to additional tanks.

Lebanon’s General Prosecutor in the South, Judge Rahif Ramadan, says he has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the fire on Monday.

After a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday, Lebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayyad stated that the oil tank belonged to the Lebanese Army and that the fire had been contained.

The minister has requested a report on the incident and its causes in order to prevent such incidents in the future.

On Sunday, Fayyad announced that the electrical network in the country had returned to normal operation after totally crashing after fuel from the Lebanese Army was provided to the Deir Ammar and Al-Zahrani power plants.

 

The Al-Zahrani power plant is located in the vicinity of the oil facility where the fire broke out on Monday. It is unclear if the oil tank that caught fire contained fuel that was intended for the power plant.

 




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