Blaze at Welsh oil refinery

3rd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Fire crews on Thursday extinguished a blaze at an oil refinery near Pembroke, Wales, after a series of explosions rocked the Chevron plant.

Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze, according to Mid and West Wales Fires Service, which is believed to have been caused by two tankers colliding.

"At 6:20 this evening (17:20 GMT) an incident occurred at the Pembroke refinery," Chevron confirmed in a statement.

"Emergency services were called and they remain on the scene. The fire has been extinguished.

"Appropriate action has been taken to respond to the situation," continued the statement.

"We are still in the process of accounting for all the personnel. Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available," the oil company added.

Morriston Hospital in nearby Swansea said it was treating an injured man.

"One casualty, a male, has been received and admitted to the hospital," a spokesman said. "No information on his condition is currently available.

"At 8.20 the Morriston Hospital Major Incident Plan was stood down and at this time no further casualties are expected," continued the statement.

According to a witness, a thick plume of smoke could be seen for kilometres (miles) around.

"I was leaving the site at the end of the day and I could hear explosions and see plumes of smoke," he told the BBC.

"You could see flames on the pipework from across the valley," he added.

© 2011 AFP

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