Firefighters extinguish fuel tankers that went on fire at a lorry park near Iran's western city of Kermanshah on Tuesday. AFP
The blaze broke out during repair work to a heavy vehicle before spreading to seven others, governor Fazlollah Ranjbar said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.
Five people including four firefighters were injured, an emergency services spokesperson told AFP.Amateur footage aired on state television's website showed black smoke billowing into the sky above people appearing to panic as firefighters move in. But the governor denied there was an explosion.
"We did not have any explosions anywhere in the city today and the black smoke that citizens see in the sky of Kermanshah metropolis was related to the fire in this lorry park," he said.
The blaze was contained by firefighters and rescue efforts were still ongoing, he added.
Firefighters put out the fire on fuel tanks after they were hit by an explosion in Kermanshah. Reuters
The incident is the latest in a string of explosions and fires at military and civilian sites across Iran in recent weeks.
Two blasts rocked Tehran in late June, one near a military site and the other in a health centre, the latter killing 19 people.
Fires or explosions also hit a shipyard in southern Iran this month and the Natanz nuclear complex in central Iran.
Iranian authorities said the Natanz fire was an accident, before adding they would not reveal the cause for "security reasons."
The vessel was impounded with its 23 crew members aboard at the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
Britain on Saturday denounced Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a "hostile act" and rejected Tehran's explanation that it seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.
"Crewmembers of vessels assisting the IRGC (Revolutionary Guard Corps) by transporting oil from Iran may be ineligible for visas or admission to the United States under the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds," Ortagus said.
The police have been sharing accident videos to educate the members of the public on the dire consequences of such wrong practices.
The authorities said, “The rate of positive cases from tests remains 1%, similar to the previous week."
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