Alon Releases Statement on Big Spring Fire 2/4/13
CBS 7 News
February 4, 2012
Alon USA has released the following statement explaining the cause of yesterday's Big Spring refinery fire:
At 7:25 pm yesterday, a fire was reported at the vacuum tower at Alonís Big Spring, Texas, Refinery. The fire was quickly extinguished by emergency response personnel.
The cause of the fire was a leak from the bottom of the vacuum tower. The unit was in the process of being shut down for planned maintenance work when the fire occurred. We are currently in the process of cleaning up, assessing damage and planning for repairs. However, preliminary indications are that the damage is relatively minor and should have little, if any, impact on the duration of the previously announced maintenance work.
One employee was transferred to Scenic Mountain Hospital where he was kept overnight for observation from smoke inhalation. All other Company and contractor personnel are safe and accounted for.