Fire erupts Saturday night at Lima Refinery

By John Bush -

LIMA — A fire that erupted at the Husky Energy Lima Refinery on Saturday night was contained within an hour and did not result in any injuries, an official with the Shawnee Fire Department said.

Shawnee Fire Department Platoon Chief Matt Briggs said the fire began in the “penthouse” area of the refinery near the coke drums, which contain the end product of the refining process.

“The coke drums had been down for maintenance and when they were starting them back up, they had a failure in the line at the top of the penthouse, which is where they cut the coke at,” Briggs said. “The coke drums are hot, so when they had a failure in the line it caused the penthouse to catch fire.”

Briggs said the fire department responded to the refinery at about 9:36 p.m. and had the fire contained shortly after.

Several workers were evacuated, but nearby residents were able to stay in their homes.

“It wasn’t that significant of a fire,” Briggs said.

An official with the Lima Police Department said sections of nearby roads were blocked off for a half-hour to 40 minutes while firefighters battled the blaze.

Briggs said he was unsure how significant the damage was as a result of the fire. Representatives from Husky were unavailable for comment Sunday evening.

By John Bush

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