Environment & Science
12:24 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Fire breaks out at Marathon refinery in Detroit

A Marathon Petroleum spokesman says no one was hurt after a fire at a refinery in Detroit.

Marathon's Detroit refinery at night
Credit www.marathonpetroleum.com

Shane Pochard tells The Associated Press the fire started Saturday evening in one of the smaller tanks at the Marathon Petroleum refinery. He says the fire has been put out and the cause is being investigated.

Pochard says no employees or contractors were injured. He says Marathon Petroleum has conducted extensive air monitoring in the neighborhood where the refinery is located and the area is safe.

He says fire officials in nearby Melvindale had issued an evacuation for residents of that city who live near the refinery, but are now allowing them back home. Pochard didn't know how many residents were affected by the evacuation, and fire officials could not immediately be reached.