The Amuay refinery produces 645,000 barrels of oil every day
The fire is also causing major environmental damages. 209 homes and 11 businesses close to the refinery has been affected, and many people have been forced to leave their houses and belongings. The fire and smoke is also letting out a lot of pollution and dangerous toxins into the atmosphere and water, causing problems for both the local people and wildlife. Even when the fire has stopped, there will be a lot of work left to clean up after the fire. However, president Hugo Chavez has promised that the refinery will be working again two days after the fire has been put under control. This morning he also said that the fire has now been reduced with 75%
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