Smoke rising from one of Venezuela's biggest oil refineries
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'Lightning' to blame for Venezuela oil refinery fire

12 August 2013 Last updated at 13:52 BST

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.