Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Major Explosion, Fire At Oil Refinery In South Philadelphia

Major Explosion, Fire At Oil Refinery In South Philadelphia

The news station reports this is the second fire this month. Many Philadelphians still call it the Sunoco refinery, though it is now owned by Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a partnership that includes Sunoco.

Firefighters are cooling tanks surrounding the area.

PES said they believe the product that was burning was "mostly propane".

Residents nearby were asked to shelter-in-place due to smoke in the area.

The fire erupted about 4 Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex, which claims to be the largest oil refining complex on the East Coast, producing some 335,000 barrels per day.

"Philadelphia Energy Solutions ... report no detectable inhalants", the city fire department said earlier on Twitter.

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PES officials weren't immediately available to comment when reached by phone before normal business hours.

The fire department said it responded to the fire with about 50 apparatus and 120 members.

Firefighters were working to bring under control a massive fire at Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc's refinery on Friday that has resulted in damage that could keep the affected unit shut for an extended period, according to Philadelphia city officials and company sources.

No injuries were reported in the earlier fire, according to WPVI. The flames were contained but as of 7 a.m. fire crews were still battling the blaze. Thankfully for them, they were far enough away from the initial explosion to escape significant harm.

The refinery is the largest and oldest on the United States east coast. Nationwide gasoline demand hit a record last week, nudging closer to 10 million barrels a day, according to government statistics released Wednesday. "But when these fires happen it shows there really is nothing we can do to protect ourselves". US drivers consumed 9.9 million barrels a day last week, up from 9.3 million barrels a day a year ago.

One person who lives near the complex told NBC Philadelphia: "I thought it was a meteor or something" after seeing an enormous black cloud mushrooming from the facility.

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