Panicked residents flee Italy refinery fire

Flames arise after a fire broke out at the Mediterranean Refinery of Milazzo, one of most important in southern Italy, on Sep 27, 2014. (AFP/GIOVANNI ISOLINO)

The blaze at the Milazzo refinery sent flames shooting into the night sky, which could be seen for miles around, according to local press reports.

(SOURCE)  ROME: A huge fire broke out overnight Friday (Sep 26) in an oil refinery on the Italian island of Sicily, causing traffic jams as panicked residents fled the area.

The blaze at the Milazzo refinery sent flames shooting into the night sky, which could be seen for miles around, according to local press reports.

Firefighters said they had brought the blaze “under control” by Saturday morning and no-one was injured. The fire took hold in a 5,000-litre tank at the facility jointly owned by Eni and Kuwait Petroleum Italy.

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