Explosion in Iran's Kermanshah Province Sets Fuel Tank Ablaze, No Casualties Reported

Incident is the latest in a series of fires and explosions in the Islamic Republic, some of which have hit sensitive sites

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An explosion has set a fuel tank on fire in Iran's western province of Kermanshah on Tuesday, Iran's Mizan news agency reported, in the latest in a series of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites.

"An explosion in a fuel tank occurred in Dolat Abad industrial area parking area," Mizan said, but there were no reports of casualties.

Iran's Student News Agency ISNA said fuel tanks were exploded that caused a major fire in the area. A video of the incident published by Mizan showed plumes of dense black smoke billowing into the air.

The incident comes after several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.

Among the incidents, a week ago, an explosion occurred at a power plant in Iran's central Isfahan province, the official IRNA news agency reported. Meanwhile, Earlier in July, Tasnim news agency reported that at least seven ships had caught fire at the Iranian port of Bushehr. 

Most significantly, a fire broke out at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility, the centerpiece of the country's uranium enrichment program, which authorities said had caused significant damage. 

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran at first sought to downplay the fire, calling it an “incident” that only affected an under-construction “industrial shed,” spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said. However, both Kamalvandi and Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi rushed after the fire to Natanz, which has been targeted in sabotage campaigns in the past.

The Iranian state news agency, IRNA,  addressed what it called the possibility of the event being a case of sabotage by enemies such as Israel and the United States, although it stopped short of accusing either directly.

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