RSOE EDIS – Fire event in Japan on January 22 2017 11:11 AM
Authorities have ordered the evacuation of over 2,900 people after a petrochemical plant in the city of Arida, Japan erupted in a major fire.
Footage broadcast by the Japanese media shows firefighters trying to dose the flames as well as thick plum of black smoke rising against the skyline.
According to Kyodo news agency, the local authorities were recommended to evacuate some 3,000 people.
The evacuated people were accommodated in two evacuation stations.
There is no data on the cause of the fire, as well as on the casualties so far.
The refinery caught fire at 07:00 GMT. According to the preliminary information, a container with lubricants flamed up, while no blasts were reported.
The fire area has reached 100 square meters [3.8 square miles]. Some 20 fire brigades were sent to combat fire in the area.