Refinery Fire Under Control with Minimal Damage
A small fire that occurred at the Huizhou Refinery Company of China National Offshore Oil Corp., (CNOOC) at 4:00 am yesterday. The fire reached 100 meters into the air and forty fire units were sent to respond and to try and contain it.
Firefighters were able to control the fire after 7:00 am, though residents living nearby could still hear explosions util 10:30 am. Firefighters say that the small explosions are results of pipe cracking in the intense heat of the fire, but are thoroughly checking in case of another ignition.
Officials also assured residents that even if the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant was only 50 kilometers away from the oil refinery, it will not be threatened as there were several mountains in between the two buildings. Residents living near the refinery left the area, but gradually returned home after the fire was placed under control.
No toxic emissions were reported and a small oil leak was already capped. The refinery’s environmental monitoring and protection equipment was functioning normally and carbon monoxide emitted was not enough to cause harm to the environment or humans living nearby.