Fire put out at Phillips 66 Lake Charles refinery amid Louisiana flooding

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Floodwaters cover a major roadway in Baton Rouge, La. Emergency crews in flood-devastated Louisiana have rescued more than 20,000 people after catastrophic inundations that left at least seven dead, news reports said. (AFP PHOTO / Louisiana Army and Air National Guard)

A fire at Phillips 66’s Lake Charles, La., refining complex was put out Monday as much of southern Louisiana remained mired in near-record floodwaters.

No one was injured in the fire, which began just after noon Monday during a unit shutdown. Though smoke billowed in the sky, Phillips 66 called it a small blaze that didn’t affect the community. The company would not say whether the shutdown was weather-related.

The cause is being investigated and the refinery is continuing to operate, Phillips 66 said.

Officials at other refining and petrochemical plants in southern Louisiana said they are maintaining at least limited operations during the flooding, a result of torrential rains. At least seven people died and more than 20,000 had to be rescued.

Exxon Mobil’s massive Baton Rouge refinery continues to operate, said spokesman Todd Spitler, although he wouldn’t say whether operations are being limited.

“The safety and security of our people and the community are our primary focus,” Spitler said in a prepared statement. “We are continuing to meet our contractual commitments. We continue to monitor the weather.”

Three southern Louisiana refineries owned by Shell Oil and its Motiva Enterprises joint venture also continued to operate, Shell spokesman Ray Fisher said.

“There is a remarkable effort underway to ensure our affected employees in the region are getting the assistance they need at this extremely difficult time,” he said in a statement.

Marathon Petroleum declined to comment on the status of its Garyville refinery, although the most serious flooding was north and west of the plant.

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