Massive fire breaks out at Philadelphia oil refinery

Massive fire breaks out at Philadelphia oil refinery

Homes as far away as south New Jersey were rocked by a series of explosions. The United States says the drone was operating in worldwide airspace, while Iran claims it crossed their boarder. "There's a cushion for drivers because we're well supplied, but if there's major damage, it's going to change that dramatically".

It was not immediately clear how the fire started, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries. The blaze is still not under control. Four employees also suffered minor injuries, and all were treated on-site by a company medical team, according to Philadelphia Energy Solutions. No evacuations have been issued for the area, but those in neighbourhoods near the blaze have been ordered to shelter in place.

By 7 a.m., the flames were significantly lower, video from CNN affiliate WPVI showed - a stark contrast to the massive fireball that bystanders recorded on social media earlier in the morning.

One person said on Twitter that they were on I-95 when the explosion happened.

Triboletti said he even felt the heat in the auto.

The fire could be seen for miles before it was contained around 5.30am, CBS Philly reported. Some neighbors in South Philadelphia said debris rained from the sky into their neighborhoods after the explosions. This makes it the largest oil refining complex on the East Coast. Extensive smoke from burning petroleum chemicals blanketed the area for several hours, though the order was lifted after Philadelphia Energy Solutions detected no further danger from inhalants.

According to its website, the complex produces 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily. "The fire broke out at the Girard Point portion", it added.

The incident comes after years of financial struggles for the refinery, which has slashed worker benefits and scaled back capital projects to save cash.

Officials in Philadelphia confirmed an early morning fire at a 150-year-old refinery complex on Friday.

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