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Feb 25, 2014 9:11 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Officials seek cause of Motiva refinery fire

Shell Oil Co. officials say workers battled a fire at Motiva Enterprises' Convent crude oil refinery in St. James Parish for 45 minutes before extinguishing the blaze.
The fire broke out in an unidentified processing unit at about 3:40 p.m. Monday inside the Mississippi River oil complex between La. Highway 70 and River Road along the Ascension Parish line.
Convent refinery spokesman Kevin Hardy Jr. tells The Advocate internal refinery firefighters put out the fire by 4:25 p.m.
He said the fire resulted in no injuries and no off-site impact as detected by fence line monitors.
Hardy said the cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.


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