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Oil refinery in Italy erupts in flames, smoke

The Italian oil company Eni says a blaze at its refinery south of Milan has sent flames and plumes

Published: December 2, 2016 4:00 AM
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MILAN (AP) -- A blaze at an Eni oil company refinery south of Milan sent flames and plumes of smoke into the air Thursday evening, but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire at the Sannazzaro de' Burgondi refinery south of Milan was under investigation. Italian gas and oil giant Eni said there was no explosion, contrary to initial media reports, and that the area where the fire broke out was immediately isolated. The flames were brought under control after several hours.

A cloud of black smoke was visible for 6 miles from the site in northern Italy and was spreading toward the neighboring Piedmont region, the news agency ANSA reported. Officials urged people in the area to stay inside as a precaution.


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