UPDATE 1-Fire breaks out at ISAB refinery in Italy-source

Thu Jun 9, 2011 11:26am GMT

* Fire reportedly under control, flames subsided-witness

* Evaluating situation, 3 injured, output continues-Lukoil

* Entire site may have been evacuated-traders

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) - Fire broke out at the north site of the 320,000 barrel-per-day ISAB refinery in Italy on Thursday morning, a source at the plant said.

"The situation seems to be under control as the flames have subsided, at least from what we can see from here," said a shipper at the port.

"The fire started...around 1030 (0830 GMT)" he said.

Erg, Italy's no. 2 refiner which runs the plant with Russia's Lukoil (LKOH.MM: Quote), was not immediately available for comment, while Lukoil said in an emailed statement that three people had been injured and the situation was being evaluated.

A spokesman for the refinery said that operations were continuing as normal because the fire had affected a waste-treating unit.   Continued...

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