An explosion at a machine-oil depot in western Iran caused a roaring blaze that firefighters were able to bring under control only after several hours, local authorities said on Wednesday.

The fire caused widespread damage at the facility in Qazvin city, but there were no fatalities, officials said.

The provincial governor told IRNA news agency that some people were hospitalised for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The area around the facility was evacuated due to the danger of possible further explosions, including from an endangered 18,000-litre storage tank.

There was no information yet about the cause of the explosion.

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