Firefighters continue to tackle a large blaze at an oil storage facility near Kiev, Ukraine following an explosion.
The fire, which broke out on Monday (June 8), followed by a large explosion on Tuesday morning (June 9) has resulted in the deaths of three rescue workers and one worker at the plant and has left at least 12 firefighters injured. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said that several firefighters have also been killed but did not specify numbers.
The blaze initially sparked in one tank before quickly spreading to 17. Four tanks at the facility in Glevakha, which contained petroleum products, have completely burnt out and one fuel tank on fire has been extinguished. Eight of the tanks have a capacity of 900 m3, and the other eight have a capacity of 50 m3.
The State Emergency Service has said it is the biggest fire in Ukraine in a half a century and there are fears that the fire could spread to Hlevakha airbase.
It is not known what caused the fire but a criminal investigation has been launched. The facility is run by State Oil and BRSM-Nafta.