JX refinery fire seen originated from shipping facility

TOKYO, March 11 Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:42pm EST

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TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) - JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp, Japan's top refiner, said on Saturday the fire at Sendai refinery appears to have originated from a land oil product shipping facility, not from an LPG tank as earlier thought, following a strong quake that hit northeastern Japan on Friday.

Currently, workers at the plant are being evacuated from the refinery, and there was no work under way to extinguish the fire, a company spokesman said.

(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori and Mayumi Negishi)