NewsCovering Louisiana


Fire extinguished at ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge; no injuries

The plant is still open for normal operations.
ExxonMobil plant after fire
Posted at 12:40 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 16:14:27-05

BATON ROUGE, La. — A fire overnight at the ExxonMobil Refinery in north Baton Rouge is now extinguished.

Exxon Mobil spokesperson Megan Manchester says that the company's volunteer emergency responders began working the fire around midnight. The crew was able to contain the flames to the unit area where it occurred.

No one was injured in the incident.

Firefighters are now monitoring hot spots in that area.

ExxonMobil has been working with Baton Rouge Fire Department's Hazmat team to conduct air quality monitoring along the fence line. Monitoring results have been below detectable limits, according to Manchester.

Now that the fire is extinguished, ExxonMobil says that teams will be sent into the area to determine the cause of the fire and the chemical that was burning.

The plant is still open for normal operations.

KATC Investigates has found that the refinery was cited by the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to possible fires and explosions in 2011.

According to news release, OSHA cited the refinery for 20 serious and two other-than-serious violations for exposing workers to possible fires and explosions, among other hazards.

Proposed penalties totaled $126,600 following a March 14 inspection by OSHA's Baton Rouge Area Office at the company's petroleum refinery on Scenic Highway.

Fire at ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge

ExxonMobil issued the following statement this morning:

See video from the incident below.