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Petrochemical Plant In Southern Iran Catches Fire In A String Of Similar Incidents

Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical plant in Mahshar, Southern Iran. FILE PHOTO

An reported explosion was followed by fire at a petrochemical complex belonging to the Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in southwest Iran but was quickly contained, the official IRNA and state-run ISNA news agencies reported on Sunday.

The fire was caused by an oil leak but did not lead to any casualties or financial damage, Mohsen Beyranvand, the governor of Mahshahr county said, according to IRNA.

Beyranvand described the fire as minor and said it was put out in less than ten minutes. However, there have been no independent reports about the extent of the damage or the cause of the incident.

There have been several mysterious explosions around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities in the past few weeks.

The locations included the a military complex east of Tehran, a medical clinic north of the capital, the Nantanz nuclear facility in central Iran, and most recently a factory in a Tehran suburb.

A gas explosion shook a residential building in Iran’s capital Tehran on Saturday, injuring one person, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted the city fire department as saying.

A fire also engulfed a building on Sunday in central Tehran. Videos showed flames shooting up but there is no information about what caused the blaze.

A chlorine gas leak occurred at a unit of the Karoon petrochemicals plant near the port of Bandar Imam Khomeini on the Gulf on July 4, injuring dozens, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

With reporting by Reuters, DPA