Philadelphia refinery fire and explosion caught on video by commuters

Author: CBS NEWS
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Fire in Philadelphia. Photo via Jonathan Triboletti Twitter

Officials in Philadelphia confirmed an early morning fire at a 150-year-old refinery complex on Friday. A Philadelphia Fire Department spokeswoman confirmed there was a fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in south Philadelphia.

Social media posts showed huge flames, and at least one massive fireball rising into the sky after an apparent explosion at the refinery shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday.

CBS Philly KYW-TV reported the refinery has its own fire brigade. No injuries were reported and CBS Philly said the fire was contained by about 5:30 a.m. A shelter-in-place order for residents and businesses in the vicinity of the refinery was lifted a couple hours later, but officials asked people to avoid the immediate area due to the sheer amount of equipment and emergency vehicles on the scene.

The cause of the blaze was unclear. It was the second fire at the refinery in one month, following a June 10 fire in which no injuries were reported.

Multiple local bus routes were diverted because of the fire and sections of I-95 and I-76 were also closed for a while.

The complex refines about 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Philadelphia Energy Solutions says the oil refining complex is the largest on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

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