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One injured after oil tanks catch fire in Lafourche Parish

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Jun 25, 2021

Firefighters are on the scene of a tank battery fire in Pipeline Canal in the marsh area on the west side of Golden Meadow in Lafourche Parish

According to a spokesperson for Louisiana State Police Troop C, an oilfield tank battery exploded on Catfish Lake in Golden Meadow Friday afternoon. The fire itself is now out and is just smoldering, the spokesperson said. Clean up efforts are underway.

One minor injury occurred as an individual was evacuating the area; they were transported to Terrebonne General Hospital.

Lafourche Parish Fire District 3 says that a unified command has been set up at the Golden Meadow Public Launch.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) says it received a call at 1:30 pm Friday. A helicopter and a local station responded. At this time the cause of fire is under investigation, but an LSP spokesperson confirmed the tank is owned by Texas Petroleum.

Officials say that currently, the following agencies are working together to secure the area and begin assessing damage: Lafourche Parish Government, State Police HazMat, USCG, Golden Meadow Police, LPSO, Port Fourchon Harbor Police, DEQ, Lockport Fire, and Raceland Fire.

There is no threat to the residential community at this time. Currently, there are no plans for evacuation of residents and no plans to widen the range and evacuate households.

An evacuation area of 3/4 miles in all directions has been implemented for the immediate area of the fire. This evacuation area is ONLY over the water/marsh area, they say.

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