TEHRAN, (Reuters) – A fire at an Iranian oil well near the Iraq border killed three people on Saturday and injured 12, Iranian media reported.
“The fire broke out on Saturday morning in an oil well at the Naft Shahr border region,” Bahram Teimouri, governor of Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah province, told IRNA. Kermanshah borders Iraq. There was no risk of the fire spreading to other wells due to their location, the official said.
The state-owned Central Oilfields Company said the fire, which broke out at 6:37 a.m. (0207 GMT), was caused by a gas leak in one of the rigs. A crisis committee had been set up to manage efforts to extinguish the blaze, state radio reported.
“Rescue workers are now providing relief to the affected. Assistance has been sought from the surrounding cities as well as Tehran,” Teimouri said.
The reports did not specify the size of the oil well.
OPEC member Iran is the world’s fifth largest oil exporter.