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Fire breaks out at fifth-largest US refinery

17 February 2020

A fire broke out at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on February 11. The refinery is the country’s fifth largest, with an input capacity of around 503,000 barrels per day. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Exxon Mobil Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Image: Wikimedia/WClarke
Exxon Mobil Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Image: Wikimedia/WClarke

The fire broke out at around midnight before it was extinguished at 05:45 on February 12. ExxonMobil’s volunteer fire team responded to the incident and managed to contain the fire until it was put out. Despite the incident, operations at the plant continued.

Exxon’s automated notification system sent a warning to local authorities and all resident’s living within one mile of the plant shortly after the blaze was reported. Police, firefighters, a HAZMAT team, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) attended the scene.

Air monitoring was conducted with readings showing that no harmful gases were released as a result of the fire. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause.

In November 2016, four people were injured after a fire at the refinery after a fire broke out at the alkylation unit as five people prepared to restart it following repair work.

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