Fire at Louisiana oil refinery successfully extinguished

Fire at Louisiana oil refinery successfully extinguished

A blaze that broke out on Thursday morning at an oil refinery in Convent, Louisiana, was successfully put out by early afternoon, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Motiva refinery, located almost 70 miles west of New Orleans, was partially evacuated safely of 300 people with no injuries reported.

The fire was successfully tackled by the plant’s own firefighting crew.

Areas of the refinery not immediately under threat from the fire continued to operate and there was no evacuation or shelter-in-place order for adjacent locales, although some nearby roads were closed for around an hour.

Some damage was done to a hydrocracking unit, machinery that uses hydrogen under high pressure to upgrade low-quality heavy gas oils into high-quality, clean burning fuels such as gasoline and diesel.

The cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed but there had been lightning strikes in the area. The US Chemical Safety Board will look into the incident.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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