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Fire at Motiva plant forces evacuation

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CONVENT, LA (WVUE) - A fire that forced the evacuation of the Motiva plant in Convent Monday has been extinguished.

St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin said no one was injured in the incident, which began just before 4 p.m.

A Motiva spokeswoman would not say where in the refinery the fire occurred or how it started, citing privacy concerns.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Motiva released the following statement:

At approximately 3:40 p.m. today, February 24, 2014, the Motiva Convent Refinery experienced a fire involving one of its units.  Motiva initiated its emergency response plan, which included immediately deploying personnel to respond to the incident.   The fire was contained and safely extinguished by approximately 4:25 p.m.

All personnel have been accounted for, and there were no injuries or off-site impacts associated with this incident.  All appropriate agencies have been notified.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.  For reasons of commercial confidentiality, we do not provide details about the operational status of individual units or information on supply.

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