|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.