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Fire spreads to seven ships at Iranian port of Bushehr, state media reports (www.cnn.com)

The blaze started Wednesday afternoon local time, crisis management official Jahangir Dehghani said. Pictures posted on semi-official media Tasnim showed the ships engulfed in flames, with plumes of thick black smoke rising from debris.

A screen grab taken from a from Iranian State TV IRIB on Wednesday of the fire in Bushehr.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. There were no reports of victims, according to Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

The incident is the latest in a string of mysterious explosions and fires at key locations around Iran, including a fire at the Natanz nuclear complex last week and a blast near the Parchin military development facility in June.

Bushehr is situated on the eastern coast of the Persian Gulf, 430 miles south of the capital, Tehran.

Wednesday’s fire follows another on Tuesday evening in the city of Lamerd at an aluminum factory. The fire was extinguished and no victims were reported, according to the semi-official Iran Labour News Agency.

Authorities are investigating both fires.

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