Probe After Fire at Refinery Forces Evacuations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- An investigation is underway and production continues without interruption at a Marathon oil refinery in Detroit where a fire forced the temporary evacuation of a number of area residents.

Marathon Petroleum spokesman Shane Pochard says no one was hurt in the fire, which started about 7 p.m. Saturday at Marathon Petroleum refinery on Detroit's southwest side.

Pochard tells The Associated Press the fire started in one of the smaller tanks. He says no employees or contractors were injured, and Marathon has conducted extensive air monitoring in the neighborhood.

Fire officials in nearby Melvindale issued an evacuation for people near the plant but later allowed their home.

The plant last year underwent a $2.2 billion expansion, and Marathon is buying up nearby homes to create a buffer zone around it.


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