Fire In Oil Refinery Kills 2 In Kuwait, 5 Critically Wounded

The Kuwait National Petroleum Company reported Friday that two people lost their lives and five more critically wounded after a fire broke out at the Mina al Ahmadi oil refinery.

According to the company, the fire is the second to erupt at the Mina al Ahmadi oil refinery in three months.

The blast in October had no casualties, only some workers suffered from smoke inhalation and others being treated for light burns, but in this latest fire, the company said, two Asian contract workers died.

The bodies of the fire victims were discovered on the site and 10 workers received injuries among them five with severe burns were transferred to a hospital in critical condition.

The other casualties received treatment at an on-site clinic, and they are in good health condition.

The fire broke out at a gas liquefaction unit that had been out of service for maintenance work and that the fire was extinguished and that operations at the refinery have not been disrupted.

Kuwait has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves.

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