Fire Under Control at St. Croix Refinery, Port Hamilton Says

Smoke billows from Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation Sunday after a fire broke out in a Coker unit. (Photo by Russel Pate)
Smoke billows from Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation on Sunday after a fire broke out in a petroleum coke conveyer loading system. (Photo by Russell Pate)

A fire that broke out in a petroleum coke conveyor loading system located outside and above the coke storage dome at Port Hamilton Transportation and Refining about 7 a.m. Sunday is under control, the company reported.

A Port Hamilton firefighter was treated for a minor burn received while battling the fire, the company said.

“Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation emergency response trained personnel responded immediately and the St. Croix Fire Department and Ocean Point Terminals were notified and their emergency response personnel and equipment responded to the scene,” according to a statement from the refinery, formerly known as Limetree Bay.

At the time of the press release Sunday around 3:30 p.m., the fire was under control, refinery officials said.

“Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation personnel also patrolled neighboring communities with air monitoring equipment. All air monitoring results were reported normal,” the statement said.

“Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation is in direct communication with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, EPA and the United States Coast Guard,” the company said.