Fire erupts at Mazar-i-Sharif oil facility
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Several oil barrels caught fire at a tank farm southeast of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Thursday night, threatening nearby homes and offices, officials and residents said.
The fire broke out 9:46pm on the Marmar Road at the oil facility and is yet to be controlled.
Balkh police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said he did not know exactly what had caught fire, but fire brigade officials had been sent to the site. He said it was possible some gas cylinders had caught fire.
But residents said the fire had erupted at the oil stock facility. Mohammad Rafique, a shopkeeper in the area, told Pajhwok Afghan News the fire had erupted in oil tankers. He said the area was home to big oil barrels and there were six tank farms.
He said the fire spread from one container to several others full of oil.
A fire brigade official said six contingents of firefighters had been dispatched to the area, but the blaze was yet to be controlled. She said she had not been shared the latest situation.
Residents feared if the fire could not be controlled, it could spread to nearby factories. A resident, Mir Wali, said a cold drink and plastic making factories and a World Food Program (FWP) storage facility existed 200 metres away from the fire venue.
Several shops and homes are also located in the area.
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