Husky official says refinery fire under control

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

The fire is now under control as some remaining product is being allowed to burn off, according to Husky Spokesman Mel Duvall.

Crews will continue to watch for flare ups.

“It is still too early to say what the impact may be to production, but we do have substantial product in inventory to continue to supply customers,” Duvall said in a prepared statement.

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.

Husky Energy Spokesman Mel Duvall said the fire continues to burn and crews from within the refinery as well as emergency crews from Allen County continue to battle flames.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is at the refinery and air monitoring devices are in place, Duvall said.

There have been no injuries, Duvall confirmed.

Exactly what kind of harmful toxins if any may be in the billowing smoke was not immediately known.

Duvall said the large Lima Refinery is one of the oldest in the country that produces various oil-based products including gasoline, disel and jet fuel.

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m.

According to a security guard at the refinery, workers there became aware of a fire in one of the processing units round 6 a.m.

All personnel are accounted for and there have been no reported injuries, the guard said.

Emergency crews remain at the scene and smoke continues to billow into the air.

Corporate Spokesman Mel Duvall said he was in the middle of an updated briefing and would be able to provide more information before 11 a.m.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters are battling a blaze that is reported at the Husky Refinery in Lima.

Lima Police have confirmed they are on the scene assisting crews at the scene in the 1100 block of South Metcalf Street, but say there is currently no danger to the public in terms of chemicals burning.

Calls into the newsroom have reported hearing explosions as far south as Indian Lake in Logan County around 6 a.m. Saturday.

We will continue to monitor this breaking story and update this page with the latest when it’s available.