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Six Injured in Fire at Refinery in Northwestern Britain

March 20, 1990

ELLESMERE PORT, England (AP) _ An explosion and fire struck a major oil refinery early Tuesday, injuring six workers, authorities said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control at the Shell chemical processing plant at Stanlow in northwest Britain, said a spokesman for Shell U.K. Ltd.

The plant occupies a half-acre site inside the refinery, which is on the southern bank of the River Mersey and about 10 miles from the port city of Liverpool.

Ten people were in the plant at the time of the blast, and six were injured, including one person with serious burns, the BBC reported.

The BBC said nobody was evacuated from the area.

The cause of the explosion was being investigated, the Shell spokesman said.

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