Fires around the world

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September 21, 2022
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Shocking pictures reach us from Switzerland, where on Monday, September 19, 2022, the summit station of the Glacier 3000 gondola burst into flames. Glacier 3000 is a ski resort in the Swiss canton of Vaud, about 20 minutes from Gstaad and 40 minutes from Montreux.

The fire appears to have started on the fourth floor of the upstairs restaurant “Botta” of the gondola summit station. Thankfully the gondola station and restaurant were empty at the time as the fire broke out around 4:30 am, according to the local police, hours before anyone was going to be on the mountain.

The ski resort Glacier 3000 is owned by Gstaad local Marcel Bach and the billionaires Bernie Ecclestone and Jean-Claude Mimran, who bought the resort in 2005. Since then, they have invested heavily into the infrastructure, successfully turning a struggling resort into a year-round attraction in the mountains. The public prosecution is investigating whether it could be a case of arson. The police have put out a call for witnesses.

The gondola station at Scex Rouge, 9,747ft, which houses the Botta restaurant on the top two floors, pictured before the fire. Source: screenshot from video on Glacier3000.ch

The fire was hard to contain, as helicopters from Air Glacier and Rega (the Swiss emergency services) had to be used to extinguish the fire since it was uncertain at the time if it was safe to operate the gondola. The building and gondola’s structural integrity was assessed and deemed sound yesterday. Forty firemen were on call in the early hours of Monday, and four firemen stayed on site overnight as the engines for the gondola were still overheated.

The gondola will remain closed until further notice. Further tests and assessments are required, but Bernhard Tschannen, the CEO of Glacier 3000, is confident that the resort will be able to open on November 5 as planned. The restaurant will not be able to reopen for the 22/23 season, so a temporary solution will be found. Tschannen further stressed that there are more on-mountain dining options to service snowsports enthusiasts.

Glacier 3000
Attractions at Glacier 3000, Switzerland, picture: Glacier3000.ch

The restaurant Botta is located on the top two floors of the gondola station, situated at 9,747ft (2,971m). It was designed by world-renowned architect Mario Botta, who also designed the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC. The construction took ten months to complete, cost $17.6 million (CHF 17 million), and opened in 2001.

The Glacier 3000 resort was planning a season-opening for November 5 and having their latest addition, a new double black diamond run, ready for the 22/23 season start. Since we last reported on this project, another 328ft (100m) of the 870ft (265m) tunnel has been excavated. This means a total of 656ft or 75% is complete, putting them on track for completion. The fire should not interfere with the construction, as the Scex Rouge gondola is separate from the Cabane gondola. We hope the fire will not delay the construction of the resort’s new ‘Cabane Pillon’ run, but most of all, they can open as planned in less than seven weeks.

A BP spokesperson told Reuters the BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio, has been "safely shut down" in response to Tuesday night's fire.

The fire's cause is still unknown, but sources told Reuters, "leaking fumes from a crude unit may have caused the ignition in another unit at the facility."

The source added: "Workers finished a maintenance turnaround at the facility in recent weeks and the plant had resumed operating."

The refinery processes up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil daily, providing the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, asphalt, and other products.

There's no word if the refinery will spark fuel shortages across the Midwest.

The BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio, was rocked by an "explosion" around 1830 local time, according to local news WTOL, citing witnesses.

Videos posted on social media show the fire at the BP refinery.

Update (Wednesday):

A BP spokesperson told Reuters the BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio, has been "safely shut down" in response to Tuesday night's fire.

The fire's cause is still unknown, but sources told Reuters, "leaking fumes from a crude unit may have caused the ignition in another unit at the facility."

The source added: "Workers finished a maintenance turnaround at the facility in recent weeks and the plant had resumed operating."

The refinery processes up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil daily, providing the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, asphalt, and other products.

There's no word if the refinery will spark fuel shortages across the Midwest.

The BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio, was rocked by an "explosion" around 1830 local time, according to local news WTOL, citing witnesses.

Videos posted on social media show the fire at the BP refinery.

WTOL learned at least two people were severely burned. The cause of the fire remains yet to be determined.

Chris Howard was waiting to hear from his father who works at the plant Tuesday night. He received a phone call around 7 p.m. from a friend who works security at the refinery.
"He said it was like some sort of explosion," Howard said. "He told me there was just a big rumble at the refinery, lots of fire everywhere. He said it's the worst he's seen. Lots of people injured." -- WTOL


BP's website explained the refinery "process up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil each day, providing the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, asphalt, and other products."

It added: "On a daily basis the refinery can produce 3.8 million gallons of gasoline, 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel and 600,000 gallons of jet fuel."

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Published Sep 19, 2022 6:25 PM by The Maritime Executive
On Saturday morning, a raging fire broke out at a marine terminal at the Puerto la Cruz Refinery in Guaraguao, Venezuela, sending flames and smoke high into the sky. Workers with state oil company PDVSA reported the fire at about 0830 hours on Saturday.

Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela's minister of industries, reported that “a gasoline loading arm broke, spilling fuel on the deck of a ship and on the dock, causing a fire in that area.”

150 firefighters from Venezuela's National Risk Management System and 15 fire engines responded to the scene.

Officials asserted that no personnel were injured in the incident and that the ship was safely moved away from the terminal while firefighting commenced.

El Aissami said that the fire was fully contained the same day, and he claimed that the loading terminal would be ready to resume work shortly. Local outlet El Pitazo reported Monday that the affected section of the terminal was inoperable.

Second massive fire

On Monday, a second massive fire broke out at the same refinery, reportedly sparked by a lightning strike on the water treatment lagoon next to the facility.

Bystander videos taken of the scene in Puerto la Cruz appeared to show that the blaze sparked a minor panic, sending residents running away from the distant flames and smoke.

Environmental news outlet Cima360 claimed that soot from the fire polluted the adjacent lagoon, darkening its waters black.

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MK Scarlett

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On September 25, 2022, Fire breaks out at one of the world's biggest produce markets in Paris​

I've seen it from home on yesterday, while I'm not on South but on West of Paris.

From Le Monde:
A major blaze swept through part of one of the world's biggest fresh produce markets on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday, September 25.

The fire destroyed a fruit and vegetable warehouse at the Rungis complex to the south of the French capital.Flames spread shortly after noon, the authorities said, sending a dark plume of smoke billowing over the southern suburbs.

A hundred firefighters brought the fire under control by mid-afternoon and there were no injuries, the fire brigade said.

The warehouse, about the size of a football pitch, belonged to Les Halles Mandar group. "It's a shock, but we're glad there were no injuries", boss Shaoul Abramczyk said. "We will not be able to fulfill our partners' orders from tomorrow and for several days", he added.

"When a market operator is the victim of a tragedy of this nature, the whole market is struck at its heart", Rungis market head Stephane Layani said.

FYI, "The Rungis International Market is the principal market of Paris, mainly for food and horticultural products, located in the commune of Rungis, in the southern suburbs. It is the second largest wholesale food market in the world. The market is the property of the French State." Source





 

Puma

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Giant dome of Jakarta Islamic Centre Grand Mosque collapses after fire​


Dramatic social media footage showed the moment the mosque's dome collapsed, however, officials said that there were no casualties, reported Gulf Today.

The dome was destroyed by a fire during its renovation. Firefighters were alerted about the blaze shortly after 3 pm local time, with at least ten fire engines being dispatched to the scene, Indonesia media reported.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Media reports suggest that the Islamic Centre was undergoing renovations at the time.

No one was injured in the fire or the ensuing collapse. Local media added that police are investigating the cause of the fire and have questioned contractors working in the building, reported Gulf Today.

Apart from the mosque, the Islamic Centre complex also houses educational, commercial and research facilities.

The mosque's dome last caught fire during renovations almost exactly 20 years ago, with the October 2002 blaze taking five hours to extinguish, reported Gulf Today.

 
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