BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A blaze inside a Louisiana refinery turned the night sky a shade of orange, sent a large plume of smoke into the air over Baton Rouge, and its heat could be felt across the Mississippi River.
ExxonMobil said its volunteer fire crews put out the blaze.
The fire erupted around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte told reporters. No injuries were reported, he said.
“We’ve seen reports of people saying explosion. I can tell you there was no explosion,” Monte told reporters at an early morning news conference Wednesday.
“We want the people to know that there has not been any off-site impact and we’re going to continue to be out here as long as it takes to make sure that that doesn’t happen,” he added.
Caleb Christopher Leblanc said a loud boom shook his windows on the other side of the Mississippi River from the refinery.
He walked up the levee near his house to take photographs and videos. “I could feel the heat from the top of the levee,” he said
“The big flame burned for about an hour,” Leblanc said.
ExxonMobil Baton Rouge tweeted that it has more than 300 emergency responders across its sites in Baton Rouge, and “our volunteer fire team members responded quickly and safely to control & extinguish the fire.”