A huge plume of smoke was seen from miles away in the capital of Gansu Province as a major fire broke out at a urban oil refinery this morning. The fire, at the Sinopec petrochemical facility in Lanzhou, broke at 8:39 am, according to CCTV News. So far there are no reports of any injuries or deaths.
The magnitude of the blaze is reflected in the city’s massive response to contain it. The city has dispatched 11 firefighting stations and one major firefighting team to the scene, encompassing a total of 33 vehicles and 193 firefighting personnel.
UPDATE 12:53 pm August 4: This post has been updated with more photographs.