A fire at Lebanon’s Zahrani oil refinery has been extinguished
According to Lebanon’s National News Agency, a big fire that erupted on Monday at the Al-Zahrani oil complex in southern Lebanon was put out (NNA).
The fire’s origin is a mystery for the time being. Firefighters are battling the blaze to put it out before it spreads to other tanks.
There was a fear that the fire may spread or cause an explosion, so the Lebanese Army worked to get residents out of the area around the facility.
According to NNA, Judge Rahif Ramadan, Lebanon’s General Prosecutor for the South, began an investigation into the fire’s causes on Monday.
During a Monday meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Lebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayyad claimed ownership of the fire-damaged oil tank to the Lebanese Army. Because of this, the minister has demanded a full investigation into what went wrong in order to better prepare for similar occurrences in the future.
It was stated on Saturday that the country’s electrical network has been restored to regular functioning following a catastrophic failure, with fuel given by the Lebanese Army to power plants in Deir Ammar and Al-Zahrani.
The Al-Zahrani power plant can be found next to the oil complex that caught fire on Monday morning. It’s not known if the fuel in the exploding oil tank was meant for the power plant.
A fuel tank explosion in northern Lebanon’s Akkar district killed 30 persons and injured 80 in August.