A major fire broke out after a leakage of oil from the Shuqair-Mostorod pipeline next to a hectic highway in a Cairo suburban area on Tuesday and 17 individuals were injured, authorities said.The pipeline runs along a motorway on the outskirts of the capital and a spark triggered by passing vehicles sparked crude that was leaking from the pipeline, the petroleum ministry said.The pipeline’s valves were immediately closed in the location of the blaze and the flames were brought under control, it included a statement.There was no immediate
word from authorities on why the pipeline, found some 1.5-meter(5-ft)deep in the ground, had leaked.A witness at the scene said about two dozen vehicles were torched, obviously deserted by motorists. A video posted online revealed 2 residents pulling an injured individual far from the highway while thick plumes of smoke billowed skyward.Petroleum Ministry spokesperson Hamdy Abd El Aziz told regional TELEVISION officials had cordoned off the pipeline
and roadway when the leak had actually been discovered but motorists had kept driving by which probably stimulated the fire.He did not say when pumping would resume or how much crude had actually been flowing when the fire broke out.
He likewise declined to say how the underground pipeline might have been damaged, describing a committee examining the incident.The state prosecutor dispatched a group to investigate, a statement said.The crude pipeline ranges from the Red Sea oil port of Shuqair to the called
Egyptian Refining Co(ERC)complex of Mostorod in Greater Cairo.Egypt’s Qalaa Holding, Qatar
Petroleum, and state-run Egyptian General Petroleum Corp(EGPC) are purchased the refinery organisation with other partners.