Fire at Hellenic Petroleum facilities leaves six injured

Six people suffered burns, three of whom serious, after a fire broke out on the premises of Hellenic Petroleum in Aspropyrgos, west of Athens, early on Friday.

The three seriously injured workers were transferred to the nearby Thriasio Hospital and two were said to be in intensive care.

The fire broke out at around 8.20 a.m. while maintenance work had been underway on an old unit, according to sources who said the blaze spread quickly across dry grass in the surrounding area.

The fire service was quickly dispatched to the scene and extinguished the blaze before it could spread further. Firefighters subsequently sought to lower temperatures at the facilities to avert any further accidents due to highly flammable liquids at the site.

The fire service were seeking to determine the exact circumstances that led to the fire.

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