Industrial firefighters extinguish large blaze at Exxon Baton Rouge (Video)

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Industrial firefighters extinguish large blaze at Exxon Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE – A large fireball erupted within the Exxon refinery in north Baton Rouge late Tuesday night, and as of 6:45 a.m. Wednesday the blaze was completely extinguished.

Shortly after the fire broke out, the Baton Rouge Fire Department was on the scene, arriving just after midnight. Exxon posted on Twitter that its fire crew had the blaze contained to the area where it occurred.

There were no injuries, and specific information related to the cause of the fire has not been released.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department said there was no off-site impact, but officials are continuing to monitor the facility fence line and surrounding areas of the North Baton Rouge community. They say at this point, “all readings are non-detect” but they’re continuing to conduct air monitoring.

Officials plan to launch a thorough investigation into the incident to find out exactly what caused the fire.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome praised first responders for their swift response to the incident.

Watch eyewitness videos

An eyewitness recorded shocking video of the fireball from I-110.  Click HERE to see the video.

Another eyewitness recorded video from near the plant’s fence line.  Click HEREto see the video.

Video shared with WBRZ recorded near the epicenter of the event showed the fire raging; At some points of the video, power lines or transformers appear to burst as the fire burned through equipment.  Watch the video from close to the center of the fire HERE.

Ongoing coverage Wednesday morning

WBRZ will have ongoing coverage when the regularly-scheduled news begins at 5 a.m. on WBRZ and WBRZ Plus.  Watch WBRZ newscasts live HERE.


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  1. I worked for a year (’88-89) in the Industrial Section with Dave, Speed, Gene C., Arlen Gross, and the Rajun Cajun – Daryl Begnaud. Mr. Hebert was the Director and there were 2 computers in the whole place. We entertained students, instructors and legislators at frequent Crawfish Boils at the Training Center. There were a number of challenging props including a mixing station, loading dock, pressure pit and railcar. The power plant (GSU – Gulf States Utility) had its own prop in a boxcar out back. and there was a quite large brick/concrete Class A burn building. I think the Saudis’ had a number of trailer rooms left behind and I stayed there until finding an apartment. Instructors were expected to accompany students for a good time in the many clubs, bars, and honky-tonks in Baton Rouge. Live-burns 3 days a week was brutal and the weather made it worse (100% humidity and 100 degrees Fahrenheit) Excellent training on larger-scale flammable liquid/gas scenarios (big difference from small demos at a lot of fire training outfits). Classroom presentation and Field Experience on live-fire props was recognized world-wide.

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