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Venezuelan refinery fire spreads to third tank

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela — An intense fire at a Venezuelan refinery spread to a third fuel tank Monday, nearly three days after an explosion killed at least 41 people and injured more than 150.

Vice President Elias Jaua said in a message that a third tank had ignited at the Amuay refinery, which has been in flames since Saturday’s blast.

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Government officials had previously said they had the blaze contained, and the spread to another fuel tank was a setback to their plans to quickly restart the refinery. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said that the fire was still under control.

‘‘There is no risk of a bigger event,’’ Ramirez said, without specifying how much longer it might burn.

Officials have said a gas leak led to the blast, but investigators have yet to determine the precise causes. Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega said at a news conference that 151 people were injured, 33 of whom remain in hospitals.

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