Smoke rising from one of Venezuela's biggest oil refineries
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'Lightning' blamed for Venezuela oil fire

Authorities say lightning was to blame for a fire breaking out at one of Venezuela's largest oil refineries on Sunday.

Homes were evacuated on Sunday after a fire broke out at one of Venezuela's largest oil refineries.

According to authorities, the blaze at the Puerto La Cruz refinery in the eastern part of the country was sparked by lightning during a thunderstorm - but was extinguished after four hours.

Alvaro Ricciardelli reports.