Power plant catches fire in Iran’s Ahwaz after transformer explodes

A power plant in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz catches fire following an explosion. (Screengrab)

A power plant in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz caught fire on Saturday following an explosion, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The explosion occurred at a power plant in Ahwaz’s al-Zirqan district.

The power plant caught fire due to a “transformer explosion,” IRNA reported citing Ebrahim Ghanbari, the head of the Ahwaz municipality’s fire and safety services, as saying.

“The extent of the fire is still unknown,” Ghanbari said.

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Iran has been witnessing dozens of mysterious fires and explosions across the country in recent weeks.

On Thursday, Iran’s nuclear body said an accident had taken place at a construction site at the Natanz nuclear facility without causing casualties.

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On Tuesday, an explosion at a medical clinic north of the capital Tehran claimed the lives of 19 people and injured over a dozen others.

On June 25, another explosion took place close to a sensitive military site near Tehran which a defense ministry spokesman told state TV was caused by a tank leak at a gas storage facility.

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