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Fire at HollyFrontier Refinery sends thick, black smoke billowing into the air

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Tulsa fire crews contain fire at Holly Refinery (KTUL)

Fire crews rushed to HollyFrontier Refinery Wednesday afternoon as thick, black smoke shot into the air over Tulsa.

Tulsa firefighters responded to the refinery on Southwest Boulevard but the on-site fire department already had the fire under control.

According to a statement from the refinery, a fire started at its east wastewater plant just after 1 p.m.

HollyFrontier Tulsa Refining LLC confirms a fire took place at its East wastewater plant on August 8, 2018, at approximately 1:10 p.m. CDT. Our Emergency Response Team immediately responded and extinguished the fire. Our employees and contractors are accounted for and safe. No injuries were reported and we do not anticipate operational disruptions. We are monitoring the surrounding area and we don’t expect any impact to the community.

This fire surprised many who live close to the refinery.

Neighbors taking photos and video telling us what they saw and heard.

Candy Valle and her sister stepped out their door to the thick black plume of smoke.

“We were both on our phones and heard a loud boom and the windows started shaking,we thought it was normal because of the trains that pass, but later my mom's cousin told us that there was smoke that caught on fire over there and that must have been what happened over there," said neighbor Candy Valle.

Candy shared a photo with us that her cousin snapped.

“It was covering all of this area it was really dark, we got in the car and drove around in a circle and saw all the black smoke in the air," said Valle.

And it could be seen for miles..

"It looked like a plume of smoke and as I was heading down 31st and I got to about Lewis or Peoria the bottom, just left and stopped," said neighbor Randy Knox.

Knox says when he saw it he instantly thought the worst.

“Well I thought it was the refinery, and if it was the refinery that was going to be scary," said Knox.

No one was injured.


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