Oil tank fire extinguished in northeast China   2011-08-29 14:16:43 FeedbackPrintRSS

A fire engine works at the fire spot in a refinery owned by PetroChina in Dalian City, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Aug. 29, 2011. A fire broke out here at about 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) Monday. A crew of 296 firefighters battled the blaze for three hours before they were able to extinguish it. There were no casualties. The cause of the accident was under investigation. (Xinhua/Cai Yongjun)

DALIAN, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters have extinguished a diesel oil tank fire that ignited around 10 a.m. in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast Liaoning Province, according to municipal authorities.

The blaze, at a refinery owned by PetroChina, one of the country's leading oil producers, demanded a force of 296 firefighters and 65 fire trucks, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Public Security.

A blast in the pipeline linking two oil tanks triggered the fire, the statement indicated.

No casualties have been reported, officials said.

The potential existed for a worse fire due to its close proximity to tanks of liquefied petroleum gas, aviation gasoline and other oil tanks.

Firefighters remain on the scene to guard against any further hazard.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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