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No injuries in short-lived fire at Saskatchewan refinery

Feb. 11, 2013, Regina – A spokesman for a company that runs a gasoline refinery in Regina says a fire broke out early this morning, but no one was injured.

February 11, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Feb. 11, 2013, Regina – A spokesman for a company that runs a gasoline refinery in Regina says a fire broke out early this morning, but no one was injured.

Darryl Oshanek of Federated Co-op says the fire was put out in about half an hour.

There were social media reports that an explosion triggered flames that shot about 20 metres into the air.

But Oshanek says he doesn't have much information so far.

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He says the company is working with the Regina fire department, which is investigating.

Oshanek was unable to say how operations at the refinery might be affected.

It wasn't clear if refinery crews fought the blaze alone or if they were assisted by city firefighters.

It is the third fire at the refinery in less than 18 months. In October 2011, corrosion in a pipe triggered a fireball that sent seven contract workers to hospital and forced 1,400 workers from the
facility.

Last May, a much smaller fire occurred when an overheated crude oil pump ignited. There were no injuries.