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Fire Injures Two at Philadelphia Oil Refinery

Thursday, September 7, 2000 - 1:48 PM ----- The fire occurred at Sunoco Oil's south Philadelphia refinery.

One person with serious burns was taken to a local hospital, and another was treated at the scene.

The fire broke following an equipment failure in a crude oil unit, which emitted a thick black cloud that sparked a fire, according to company spokesman Jerry Davis.

Today's fire is the latest in a string of minor problems for the Philadelphi-based gasoline maker. Last week, a small fire at Sunoco's Marcus Hook refinery in southeastern Pennsylvania caused yellow smoke to billow through the area for several hours.

Earlier this summer, an oil pipeline leaked into the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge in south Philadelphia, causing the worst oil spill in Philadelphia in more than 20 years.

There is no information available yet on the extent of the damage from today's incident.

-- Carl Jenkins (, September 08, 2000

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