2021-April-21 19:28
2021-February-14  18:46

Iranian Official: Wild Fire Extinguished in Afghanistan’s Islam Qala

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Afghan firefighters have put out fire at a customs post in Herat province of Afghanistan near the border with Iran, a provincial official announced on Sunday.

“The Iranian firefighters and rescue workers have been deployed at the fire area since yesterday and the fire has been extinguished,” Director-General of Crisis Management Department of Iran’s Khorassan Razavi province Governor-General Office Mohsen Nejat told FNA on Sunday.

He added that the governor of Khorassan Razavi province and the governor of Herat held a meeting at the bordering areas last night.

Nejat said that the huge fire at Islam Qala customs office did not inflict any damage on the people and equipment on the Iranian side of the border, noting that the Iranian rescue workers and emergency units in Khorassan Razavi were also in full alert since Saturday as a precautionary measure.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Iran has taken measures to help those affected and potentially injured in the recent blast in the Afghanistan-Iran border, and contact is underway between the relevant authorities of the two countries.

"ٍIran's border was kept open to trucks, cars, and people who had fled to Iran's borders to escape the fire," Khatibzadeh underlined.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Border Guards Commander of Khorasan Razavi Brigadier General Majid Shoja underlined that his forces were on high alert in the explosion-hit area and there were no problems in terms of the facilities and equipment needed.

"The explosion of fuel tankers at a customs post in Afghanistan’s border town of Islam Qala near the Iranian border Saturday noon has not caused any loss of life or financial damage in Iran's Dogharoun border crossing," he said.

"Iran also dispatched rescue team to the area as asked by Herat governor," he added. 

A fuel tanker exploded at the Islam Qala crossing causing a massive fire that consumed more than 500 trucks carrying natural gas and fuel.

Herat’s Provincial Governor Wahid Qatali said that Afghan first responders along with Iranian forces put the fire out after several hours.

The fire is reported to have left more than 60 people injured and caused around %400 million financial loss.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast.