x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Fire breaks out at western oil refinery

No injuries in a refinery fire during the weekend, officials say.

The Technical Rescue and Quick Intervention Section of AD Police and Civil Defence's Emergency and Public Safety Department controlled and contained a fire in the boiler section number 8 of western Umm al Nar refinery in Abu Dhabi. No casualties were reported.
The Technical Rescue and Quick Intervention Section of AD Police and Civil Defence's Emergency and Public Safety Department controlled and contained a fire in the boiler section number 8 of western Umm al Nar refinery in Abu Dhabi. No casualties were reported.

A fire broke out at the western Umm al Nar oil refinery yesterday morning.

Specialists from Abu Dhabi Police and Civil Defence helped the refinery's firemen to extinguish the fire, which broke out in boiler section number eight shortly before 11am. No one was injured.

"The flames, which began at the boiler, reached the boiler's fuel tanks but firefighters' efforts kept the situation from becoming more serious," said Lt Col Sultan Al Hosany, the head of the police's technical rescue and quick intervention section.

It took 45 minutes to extinguish the flames and a further hour to cool the boiler.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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