PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 21, 2019)--6ABC reported earlier today that residents in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area were awakened by multiple explosions and a massive fire at a 150-year-old refinery complex that continues to burn. The explosion happened around 4 AM. Residents living in the South Jersey communities of Camden, Gloucester City, Brooklawn, Westville, and Deptford heard a loud bang followed by their homes shaking.
The Philadelphia Fire Department said they received reports of a vat burning around 4:05 a.m. at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex on the 3100 blocks of Passyunk Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. According to Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy, crews arrived on the scene to find the PES fire brigade already working. Philadelphia Energy Solutions says the oil refining complex is the largest on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, producing 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily.
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