Lightning-Sparked Fire Hits Venezuelan Oil Refinery

A fire caused by a lightning strike broke out at an oil refinery in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, on September 19, the second blaze at the wider complex in a matter of days.

Local media said lightning hit a refinery lagoon, causing a fire that could be seen from across the city.

On Saturday, a fire broke out at the refinery’s marine terminal. Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s minister of industries, said a gasoline loading arm broke, spilling fuel onto the deck of a ship and causing the fire.

On Monday, Vice Minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection Carlos Perez Ampueda said firefighters had the fire 95 percent controlled by the early evening. Credit: Miguel Pertik via Storyful

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