Yesterday, the Refinery of Puerto La Cruz in Venezuela suffered a fire that was the product of a lightning during a storm, reported the State Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), and pointed out that damages did not occurred in the rest of the plant.
Asdrúbal Chávez, Vice President of refining, trade and supply of PDVSA, said that until the night they could not extinguish the fire that occurred at 15 h 30 when a lightning struck a refinery treatment lagoon. Reports this morning indicated that everything was under control.
Chavez also reported that the other facilities of the refinery, located in the Anzoátegui State to the East of the country, is operating normality, despite what happened.
The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, through his account on the social network Twitter, reported that fire crews are working to achieve control of the fire.
A similar event occurred in 2012 in Amuay, the largest refinery in Venezuela, which suffered an explosion, considered the largest accident in the local industry that left 42 dead.