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YPF blaze 'under control', 13 injured after explosion

State-owned petroleum company YPF has informed that a fire which started at a refinery in  Mendoza is now under control, after the blaze raged for almost two days and caused massive disruption in the western province.

The fire, which was caused by the explosion of two tanks with a capacity of around 14,000 cubic metres of petroleum, also caused 13 minor injuries as well as total losses at the plant, located in Cerro Divisadero in the south of Mendoza.

YPF revealed that "the operation carried out together with national and provincial authorities have succeeded in getting the fire under control," in a press statement released today.

According to the missive, the blaze has been confined, although firemen continue to work towards "a definitive extinguishing". YPF added that a toxic cloud that reached a diameter of several kilometres "has reduced significantly in size."

The fire began on Friday at midday in the plant's biggest storage unit, but by late yesterday it had reached a total of six tanks at the facility, which holds the production of 10 oil fields in the Mendoza area of Malargüe.
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