INGOLSTADT, Germany – An explosion at an oil refinery in southern Germany injured at least 10 people and forced the evacuation of almost 2,000 residents from the neighboring area on Saturday, but firefighters have since brought the subsequent blaze under control, regional police said.
Police in Upper Bavaria ordered the precautionary evacuation of around 1,800 people from the village of Irsching and parts of the town of Vohburg after the blast struck the complex belonging to Bayernoil in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“The fire is now under control. However, the extinguishing work continues. Shut-off measures and risk announcements continue to be in place,” police tweeted, adding that 600 emergency service workers were at the scene.
In an earlier statement, police said at least three people were hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries.
Police said the injured were Bayernoil employees.