Delek US said six of its employees are being treated for injuries after a fire broke out Saturday afternoon in the Penex unit of its refinery in El Dorado.
The fire was put out by the refinery’s on-site emergency response team with assistance from the El Dorado Fire Department.
The fire was reported about 4 p.m.
El Dorado resident Rochell Lee Thompson shot Facebook video of the fire. CLICK HERE to see it. Link provided with permission.
Thompson, who lives about two blocks from the refinery, told magnoliareporter.com that his house shook about 4 p.m. He went outside and saw the fire.
The refinery was evacuated.
Delek US said in a statement issued Saturday night that after the fire broke out, the company began to monitor the air quality within the refinery and the community and have detected no adverse impacts.
“We have accounted for all personnel, and we are deeply saddened that six Delek employees are receiving medical treatment this evening. Delek’s top priority is the safety of our employees, contractors and neighbors. Our hearts and prayers go out to them and their families during this difficult time. We are committed to supporting these individual,” the statement said.
Four of the injured were transferred from the Medical Center of South Arkansas to the burn unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.
Delek US said that the facility was in the process of undergoing turnaround activity, so there are no operational impacts to Delek US or Delek Logistics
El Dorado Fire Department, Pro-Med Ambulance and Pafford Ambulance personnel responded.
“All of our facilities have rigorous, well documented safety controls. Safety is one of our core values. A full investigation will be launched as soon as possible,” the company statement said.
According to the company, the Delek refinery produces gasoline, diesel, asphalt and LPG, with crude oil throughput of 80,000 barrels per day. Approximately 320 people work at the refinery.
The refinery was initially built in 1924 and was operated for many decades by Lion Oil Co. Delek US Holdings, which is based in Brentwood, TN, was founded in 2001 and acquired the El Dorado refinery in 2011.