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BATON ROUGE, La. -- A fire broke out Tuesday at the ExxonMobil refinery, sending a tower of flames and thick, black smoke high into the air for almost an hour. The cause of the fire, which should not disrupt fuel supply to the area, has not yet been determined, said Walt Eldredge, an ExxonMobil spokesman.
The fire was in a piping manifold, which is a convergence of pipes, carrying MTBE and hexane. The fire lasted about 50 minutes and caused no serious injuries, according to an Associated Press report.
ExxonMobil and environmental officials monitored the air around the fire as it ran its course and it was declared safe, the report said.
Valves around the pipes were shut off to bring the fire under control. Because pipes were involved, as opposed to a large tank, the amount of fuel the fire could burn was limited, Eldredge said.