A massive fire has broken out at a fuel depot in Rio de Janeiro.

Television images show bright orange flames leaping scores of feet into the air and thick black smoke rolling off six large fuel storage tanks.

There was no word Thursday on anybody being hurt or what might have sparked the blaze. Firefighters were seen about a block from the blaze, but it appeared too intense for them to get any closer.

The fire broke out on the northern outskirts of Rio in a mostly industrial area.