Calcasieu Parish refinery tank catches on fire after lightning strike

3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Saturday, June 03 2023 Jun 3, 2023 June 03, 2023 9:31 PM June 03, 2023 in News
Source: Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — An evacuation order was lifted early Sunday for residents near a southwest Louisiana refining company where lightning is believed to have sparked a fire at a chemical storage tank.

The fire at Calcasieu Refining in Lake Charles was reported Saturday afternoon as a storm moved through. Louisiana State Police said it was extinguished early Sunday. State police said the tank contained the volatile chemical naptha, which is distilled from petroleum and is used in a variety of products.

No injuries were reported.

An evacuation was ordered for people within 1.5 miles of the facility. Multiple fire brigades fought the fire, which was put out around 4 a.m. The evacuation order was lifted at 6 a.m.

“Crews will remain on site for the next several days to monitor the damaged tank and product to ensure the safety of the public,” Trooper Derek Senegal with Louisiana State Police said in an email.

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