ExxonMobil refinery blaze lights up night sky

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BATON ROUGE, LA (CBS News) — A fire inside an ExxonMobil refinery in Louisiana turned the night sky a shade of orange and sent a large plume of smoke into the air. The flames erupted around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

ExxonMobil spokesperson Danny Lee said a company volunteer fire team responded and there were no injuries. “The fire was contained to the area where it occurred,” Lee said.

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The glow of the fire could be seen from miles away but there were no evacuations.

Monte said Baton Rouge Fire was monitoring the quality of the air in the area but it wasn’t showing unhealthy levels.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the blaze.

ExxonMobil reported that it had been put out Wednesday morning, reports CBS Baton Rouge affiliate WAFB-TV.

ExxonMobil is the largest manufacturing employer in Louisiana and its Baton Rouge refinery is the fifth largest in the country, WAFB reported. It produces gasoline, jet fuel and more, as well as items such as paint and adhesives at the chemical plant.

The company said in a tweet that it was responding the situation, including monitoring air quality at the fence line. The air outside the plant “bore no particular odor,” The Advocate reported. There was no off-site impact, Monte said.