Firefighters took around ten hours to extinguish a fire in a crude storage tank at Hengyuan Refinery in Port Dickson, Malaysia, which began at around 16:20 local time on 22 May.
The local fire department told The Star that its teams had been on the scene within minutes of the fire being called in, and were assisted by emergency response teams from the refinery itself and a nearby Petron facility. The Star says that the tank which caught fire has a capacity of 53,500 m3. No injuries have been reported.
In a statement to Bursa Malaysia, the board of Hengyuan Refining Company, which owns the refinery, said that the fire was restricted to one crude tank area, and other sections of the refinery and the offices building were not affected.
The board added that preliminary indications were that the fire was due to a lightning strike. This is supported by eyewitnesses who spoke to local media.
Investigations into the cause of the fire and the extent of the resulting damage have begun.