Two killed, 10 injured in Kuwait refinery fire

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Two people were killed and 10 others injured after a fire broke out on Friday at a gas liquefaction unit in Kuwait’s largest refinery, the plant’s operator said.

The blaze “erupted during maintenance work” on the unit at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery, 40 kilome-tres (25 miles) south of Kuwait City, state-owned Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) an-nounced on Twitter.

Having initially said that 10 people were in-jured, it later updated its casualty toll, saying two workers “of Asian nationality” had been found dead at the site. Seven of those injured were hospitalised, five of them in “critical condition”, KNPC added.

Firefighters were mobilised and had extin-guished the blaze. Oil Minister Mohammed al-Fares later visited the site of the fire. —APP

 

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