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17 Dec 2018 | 07:56 PM UTC

Brazil: Fire at Rio de Janeiro refinery December 17

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Emergency services respond to fire at northern Rio de Janeiro refinery December 17; traffic disruptions reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/17/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/17/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Rio de Janeiro


A fire has been reported at the Manguinhos Refinery in northern Rio de Janeiro on the afternoon (local time) of Monday, December 17. No casualties have been reported from the blaze, which is believed to have ignited inside of a fuel truck at the site. Associated traffic disruptions have been reported on major thoroughfares, notably including on BR-101 (Avenida Brasil) - a major route into and out of the city. Lingering traffic disruptions are to be expected in Rio de Janeiro over the coming hours as emergency services continue to battle the fire.  


Individuals in the Rio de Janeiro area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the vicinity of the fire, prepare for traffic disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.


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