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    Massive fire breaks out at Staten Island, New York, oil refinery.

    Posted 2/21/2003 10:37 AM

    Refinery on fire on Staten Island
    NEW YORK (AP)

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    Fire At Staten Island Oil Storage Facility

    Fire At Staten Island Oil Storage Facility Sends Flames, Smoke Hundreds Of Feet In The Air

    Courtesy of WABC News - New York

    Updated: 02-21-2003 12:20:28 PM



    The explosion was reported at Port Mobile, on Arthur Kill Road near the Outerbridge Crossing in the southwestern part of Staten Island, according to a spokeswoman for the Staten Island borough office. The fire department says the fire started at 10:10am, and soon sent flames and smoke some 1,200 feet in the air. The propane barge was reportedly offloading 10,000 gallons of gasoline when it exploded. Standard procedure is for at least two barge workers to stay on board when fuel is loaded or off-loaded. A senior fire official said at least one person was injured and was being treated for burns at Staten Island University Hospital North. And two people were still unaccounted for. The NYPD has called a Level 3 mobilization in response to the blaze. Meanwhile, Staten Island residents are being advised to keep their windows closed, as a precaution against the fumes. And residents in parts of Woodbridge, New Jersey were evacuated for a brief period of time because of the smoke. They were starting to return home shortly after noon. The lower level of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was closed to traffic, except to emergency vehicles. In addition, the Arthur Kills correctional facility was locked down. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a Temporary Flight Restriction for a two mile radius and below 3,000 feet around the plant. Officials say the restriction should not affect any commercial aircraft.

    A gasoline fire broke out at an oil storage facility on the edge of Staten Island Friday morning, sending black smoke and flames hundreds of feet into the air over New York Harbor.

    A local FBI official said that terrorism does not appear to be a factor in the explosion aboard a propane barge that sparked the third-alarm blaze near the propane fields of Staten Island. Still, the FBI office in Washington, DC says it is taking a close look because such facilities are potential targets.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro were on their way to the scene.

    The refinery faces the Arthur Kill waterway and New Jersey, but the smoke and flames could be seen many miles away in midtown Manhattan.

    City officials said residents were not in immediate danger. "At this point, people should not take any special precautions. It's unlikely this could spread to a residential area," Bloomberg said shortly after the fire was reported.

    Again, an FBI spokesman in the tri-state area said that terrorism is not suspected in the incident, but the FBI office in Washington, D.C. says it's taking a close look because refineries are a key target.


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