Venezuela: Oil refinery fire blamed on lightning strike (Videos) – 120813 1435z

A huge pillar of black smoke enveloped the Venezuelan town of Puerto La Cruz on Sunday after a bolt of lightning set fire to one of the country’s largest oil refineries, prompting residents to evacuate the immediate area.

Firefighters battling the blaze in heavy rain managed to extinguish the fire, according to vice-president of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, Asdrubal Chavez.

He congratulated fire crews for their “sustained effort which allowed us to control this important fire in record time.”
Monday, 12 August, 2013 at 09:57 (09:57 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

‘Lightning’ to blame for Venezuela oil refinery fire

Homes were evacuated on Sunday after a fire broke out at one of Venezuela’s largest oil refineries.

According to authorities, the blaze at the Puerto La Cruz refinery in the eastern part of the country was sparked by lightning during a thunderstorm – but was extinguished after four hours.

Alvaro Ricciardelli reports.


Videos

BBC News – ‘Lightning’ to blame for Venezuela oil refinery fire

(Video credit: BBCWorldNewsWatch)

Venezuela: oil refinery fire blamed on lightning strike

(Video credit: VIDEOLANDMARKS)

Published on Aug 12, 2013

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: oil refinery fire blamed on lightning which struck a storage tank. Firefighters battling the flames in a steady rain, fire completely extinguished. Luckily, no casualties. Aug 11, 2013 video /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: incendie d’une raffinerie pétrolière attribué à la foudre qui a touché un réservoir de stockage. L’incendie a complètement éteint, les pompiers luttent contre les flammes dans une pluie. Heureusement, aucune victime. 11 août 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: Öl-Raffinerie Feuer auf einem Blitz, der Schlaganfall einen Vorratstank verantwortlich gemacht. Das Feuer vollständig gelöscht, Feuerwehrmänner, die Flammen in einem regen. Zum Glück keine Verletzten. 11. August 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: olieraffinaderij brand toegeschreven aan een blikseminslag die een beroerte een opslagtank. Het vuur volledig gedoofd, brandweerlieden vechten tegen de vlammen in een regen. Gelukkig, geen slachtoffers. 11 augustus 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: raffineria di petrolio fuoco attribuito a un fulmine che ha colpito un serbatoio di stoccaggio. Il fuoco completamente spento, i vigili del fuoco combattono le fiamme in una pioggia. Per fortuna, nessuna vittima. 11 agosto 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: fogo refinaria de petróleo atribuída a um relâmpago que traço um tanque de armazenamento. O fogo completamente extinto, os bombeiros combatendo as chamas em uma chuva. Felizmente, não houve vítimas. 11 de agosto de 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Wenezuela: pożar rafinerii obwiniać piorun który skok w zbiorniku. Ogień całkowicie ugaszony, strażacy walczą z płomieniami w deszczu. Na szczęście nie było ofiar. 11 sierpnia 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: oljeraffinaderi eld skyllde på en blixt som slår en lagringstank. Branden släckt helt, brandmän slåss lågorna i ett regn. Lyckligtvis inga offer. Aug 11, 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Вене��эла: Пожар на на нефтезаводе. К �ча�тью, никто не по�традал. 11 авг��та 2013 /

Lightning sparks massive fire at refinery in Venezuela

ب�يرت� لا �ر�ز، �نز�يلا: حريق مص�اة الن�ط بالل�م على البرق التي الس�تة الدماغية خزان. النار انط�أت تماما، ي�ا�ح رجال الاط�اء النيران �ي المطر. لحسن الحظ، لم تقع اصابات. 11 أغسطس 2013 / http://youtu.be/8JrSRJAFIcs

(Video credit: RussiaToday)

Published on Aug 11, 2013

A huge pillar of black smoke enveloped the Venezuelan town of Puerto La Cruz on Sunday after a bolt of lightning set fire to one of the country’s largest oil refineries, prompting residents to evacuate the immediate area. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/srvtpj

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