Explosion, Fire Reported At Saint John Oil Refinery

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Explosion, Fire Reported At Saint John Oil Refinery

There are reports of an explosion and fire at the Irving oil refinery in Saint John on Monday morning.

Bob McVicar, a resident in the New Brunswick city, posted on Facebook that it felt like a “bed-shaking explosion.”

Several photos on social media showed flames at the refinery. Fire officials were said to be aware of the situation.

“We felt the entire building move as if it wobbled,” said Rob Beebe, who felt the explosion from his apartment on Martha Avenue, a few streets over from the refinery.

Explosion, Fire Reported At Saint John Oil Refinery

When he walked outside, he noticed black smoke coming from the refinery, so he hopped into the car, drove down the corner and saw the fire about 30 meters high.

“We’re sitting here and watching it burn right now,” he said. “It’s getting larger.”

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