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Explosion and fire at Canada's largest oil refinery

Explosion reported at Irving Oil refinery in Saint John Explosion, fire reported at Saint John oil refinery
Faye Gross | 09 October, 2018, 07:13

Flame and smoke erupts from the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., on Monday, September 8, 2018.

We will update as more information becomes available.

"The following streets are closed: Loch Lomond at Commerce, Grandview at Champlain, Grandview at Bayside, and Loch Lomond at Macdonald".

Residents of the area described feeling an explosion shortly after 10 a.m., and noted that flames and smoke could be seen from a great distance.

While emergency response crews are on the scene, it is not clear how many units are there.

"Praying for the safety of all involved", Saint John Mayor Don Darling said on Twitter.

According to the CBC, many residents reported an explosion and fire at the Irving oil refinery in Saint John on Monday morning. "We have also led in the development of cleaner and more efficient fuels and processes".

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He added when he walked outside he saw thick black smoke billowing so he hopped in his auto to take a closer look.

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

The refinery is near several residential neighborhoods on Saint John's east side.

Mark Melanson and Jocelyn Legassie were sitting at the Tim Hortons on Hickey Road, about three kilometres away from the refinery, when they heard a popping sound.

He noticed black smoke coming from the refinery and when he went to get a closer look, noticed huge flames shooting 30 metres high into the sky.

He chose 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. "At times we were letting that just safely extinguish itself", he said.

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