German refinery explosion injures 8, forces residents from homes

Fire at refinery

German refinery explosion injures 8, forces residents from homes

An explosion and fire erupted Germany's Vohburg refinery in Bavaria state early on Saturday morning and firefighters started to get the situation under control by midday, police said.

Fire burns at a refinery in Vohburg near Ingolstadt Germany.

Hundreds of firefighters are at the scene, and a police statement said there was "a risk of more explosions".

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Eight people have been injured in a blaze at an oil refinery in Bavaria, and another 1,800 people living close by were temporarily evacuated. Locals situated several kilometers from the blast could see thick smoke clouds coming from the burning plant.

The cause of the explosion - which could be felt from several kilometres away according to local media - is not now known.

The German news agency DPA said all of the injured were workers at the refinery.

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In a statement, police said three of the victims had suffered "medium or serious injuries".

The explosion took place at around 5:30 am (0330 GMT) in a site run by the Bayernoil group near the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt.

Residents in the area were asked to keep doors and windows shut.

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