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Media: Oil reservoir fire kills 1, injures 2 in Russia

by Anastasiia Malenko and The Kyiv Independent news desk October 30, 2023 12:18 AM 1 min read
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An oil reservoir fire killed one person and injured two more in the Usinsk district of Russia’s Komi Republic on Oct. 29, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

Safety rules violations caused the fire during maintenance by a contractor, according to statement from Lukoil-Komi branch of the Russian oil company Lukoil cited by TASS.

The videos from the scene posted by Russia’s emergency services on Telegram showed the destroyed reservoir engulfed in fire and dark smoke.

They reported that over 80 specialists and 25 units of equipment worked on site. The open fire, which covered 360 square meters, has been put out after nine hours without spreading to the nearby reservoirs, the services said.

On the same day, another fire erupted at the Afipsky oil refinery in Russia's Krasnodar Krai. Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported that Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) drone strike caused this incident, citing an anonymous SBU source.

Drone strikes reported on oil refinery in Russia
An explosive drone struck the Afipsky oil refinery in Russia’s Krasnodarsk Krai on 3:24 a.m, Russian Telegram channel Baza reported, adding that a fire broke out at the facility following the strike.

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