Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Explosion and fire at Canada's largest oil refinery

Explosion and fire at Canada's largest oil refinery

Residents across the city reported feeling the effects of the explosion.

Fire crews have been called to the scene as pictures on social media show huge flames and plumes of smoke.

Litsa Daeres, 34, who lives nearby, said she just started preparing Canadian Thanksgiving dinner when she heard a loud bang.

'We are actively assessing the situation at this time and will share more information when available'.

Irving Oil exports more than half of that to the United States, and the refinery is a critical source of fuel for the Northeast energy market, CNBC reported.

He made a decision to drive by the refinery and said he was nearby when he felt the vibrations of what he assumes must have been a second explosion.

He said there had been a problem with the refinery's diesel treating unit, which removes sulphur from diesel fuel, but it wasn't yet clear exactly what caused the malfunction.

"Our aim is to grow our community programs, so we can continuously improve this vital relationship", the website says.

The crude section, catalytic reformer and a cogeneration unit were shut following the incident, Genscape reported, adding that multiple units were already offline for maintenance.

She told the AP that her whole house shook, and she thought her furnace exploded.

A man from this province who works at the Irving Oil Refinery in New Brunswick is thanking his lucky stars after an explosion and fire rocked the refinery yesterday.

The refinery is near several residential neighbourhoods about five kilometres from the city core, known as Uptown.

Geoffrey Downey of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization said none of the injuries were believed to be serious "at this point".

He made a decision to drive by the refinery and said he was nearby when he felt the vibrations of what he assumed must have been a second explosion.

When he drover down the corner he saw flames shooting into the sky about 100-feet high.

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