A fire has broken out at the 250,000 bpd Shahid Tondgooyan oil refinery in southern Tehran following a leak from a liquefied gas line, which spread to the storage tank area.
According to AFP, the fire began at around 7.30pm local time on 2 June 2021. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports that the fire is now under control, however, it is not expected to be fully extinguished until the fuel inside the affected tanks has burnt out. State television reported that 18 tanks had caught fire. The refinery is in an industrial area, but very close to a residential area.
Officials have rejected the possibility of sabotage at the plant, and say that the fire at the refinery, owned by the Tehran Oil Refining Company, was caused by a process error. No casualties have been reported so far.