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No injuries reported after fire breaks out at Citgo refinery

Last Modified: Thursday, November 07, 2013 7:35 PM

By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A fire broke out at Citgo’s refinery in Sulphur shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday. No one was hurt in the blaze, company officials said.

The fire reportedly occurred inside the A Reformer unit, in the refinery’s northwest area. The reformer is one of several furnaces inside the plant that makes high-octane blend stock fuel. Citgo’s reformers heat up the blend stock to meet the fuel’s specifications, said Dana Keel, Citgo’s government and public affairs manager.

“With refineries we heat oil to get out the different byproducts,” she said. “At this point everyone is safe, and that’s the most important thing. The fire is contained.”

Keel said the cause of the fire is not yet known, but added that the blaze was confined to the reformer. She said an investigation into what caused the fire will begin immediately.

She said Citgo’s voluntary emergency response team responded to the fire but could not confirm if area fire departments also arrived on the scene.

In a statement released to the American Press, Citgo officials said the remainder of the refinery “is under normal production.”

“The health, safety, and security of our employees and the communities in which we live and work is our number one priority, and we are doing everything in our power to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” the statement read.

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