Four people were injured in a blast occurred at Petromidia refinery in Constanta on Monday evening. Meanwhile on Tuesday morning, a 48-year-old man injured in the explosion died at Bagdasar-Arseni Hospital in Bucharest due to the serious burns on about 90% of the body.
Immediately after the explosion, authorities have activated a red code for intervention. The injured were rushed to hospitals in Bucharest.
According to the spokesperson of the Constanta County Ambulance Service, Claudia Tatarici, a red code for intervention plan was activated in Constanta County.
In his turn, the spokesperson for the Emergency Situations Inspectorate Dobrogea, Anca Chirita, has stated that several firefighting crews arrived at the scene.
Rompetrol representatives told a press release that any danger has been cleared out, the affected installation has been stopped and the refinery’s activity has been reduced.
The union leader of the Petromidia Refinery Platform, Petre Tancau told Agerpres that the fire was generated by a DDV hydraulic pump in a pre-refinement installation.
A 49-year-old man with burns on 25% of the body was sent to Bagdasar Arseni Hospital in Bucharest. Another man, aged 34, with burns on 20% of the body and a 58-year-old man with burns on 24% of the body were admitted to the Hospital for Burnt also in Bucharest.
Experts on anti-explosive protection from Petrosani went to Petromidia to conduct an investigation. Constanta prosecutors have opened a criminal file.
“Investigations are under way for unintentional bodily harm, manslaughter, failure to take the legal occupational safety and health measures and violation of the legal occupational safety and health measures. Initial investigations have found that on August 22, 2016 around 18:00hrs, a team of workers were conducting repair works on a pipeline carrying heated crude vacuum distillate, when a fire broke out,” informs a press statement of the Prosecution Office with the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation.