Rhine refinery fire rages out of control

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23 July 2004, KARLSRUHE - Firefighters in Germany Friday battled to control a fire at the country's largest refinery in the Karlsruhe Rhine Port facility.

23 July 2004

KARLSRUHE - Firefighters in Germany Friday battled to control a fire at the country's largest refinery in the Karlsruhe Rhine Port facility.

An explosion at the MiRO refinery spawned a fireball that sent a column of acrid smoke over the Rhineland city. No injuries were reported, but local residents were advised to close windows and remain indoors.

The MiRO refinery in Karlsruhe is a joint venture refinery operated by ExxonMobil, Ruhr Oel and ConocoPhillips with a crude distillation capacity of 283,000 barrels per day.

The refinery produces petrol, middle distillates and specialty products.

DPA

Subject: German news

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