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Gasoline Surges as Fire Rips Through Philadelphia Refinery

June 21, 2019, 1:25 PM

A fire is burning at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery, the largest such plant on the U.S. East Coast and the main supplier to the local gasoline market.

The fire still wasn’t under control as of 7 a.m. local time, according to Jim Smith, a supervisor with the Philadelphia Fire Department. PES officials weren’t immediately available to comment when reached by phone before normal business hours.

The PES complex, which comprises the Point Breeze and Girard Point plants, can handle a total of 335,000 barrels of crude a day. It is the main supplier of fuel to the New ...

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