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Storage Tank Fire at Refinery, Lake Charles, LA

4359 W Tank Farm Rd, Lake Charles, LA | 2023-Jun-03

Initial Notification: On June 3, 2023, a storage tank at Calcsieu Refinery, Lake Charles, containing a reported 1 million gallons of naptha was ignited, reportedly by a lightening strike. MSU Lake Charles contacted NOAA SSC for input on minimizing likelihood of product or fire-fighting water reaching waterway. Fire is in EPA zone, MSU Lake Charles is responding as first Federal on-scene. Evacuations are in place up to 1.5 miles downwind of the refinery, shelter-in-place orders were initially in effect up to 5 miles downwind of the refinery. Product and fire-fighting are remain within secondary containment at this time. Fire is being contained with water, and allowed to burn out. Phone support provided, no products requested at this time.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Naptha
Total amount at risk of spill: 1,000,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 30° 8.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 93° 19.23′ West