Oil company offers compensation for tank fire
DENHAM SPRINGS - The company responsible for an oil well which caught fire overnight in Livingston Parish offered to compensate people evacuated from the area, according to the parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Denbury's corporate office released several numbers for people to call and arrange payment for expenses they incurred if they were evacuated because of the fire on Linder Road overnight.
Two oil tanks caught fire and spilled oil into nearby containment areas, which then also caught fire. The fire department said the flames are under control, but they were letting them burn down more before putting the fire out.
Authorities evacuated about 30 families from a quarter-mile area around the fire. The parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said they were putting up people in hotels if they didn't have anyone else to stay with.
People affected by the evacuation should call one of the following numbers to speak to someone at Denbury:
John Fournet - 601-624-8084
Mark Williams - 601-209-4896
James Fields - 817-675-9339
News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more on efforts to stop this fire tonight starting at 4 p.m.
IMAGE: Livingston Parish Fire Department