Fire Breaks Out at Texas City Valero Plant

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - A large fire broke out at the Valero refinery this afternoon, but there were no major injuries.

The blaze was under control less than two hours later.

A pump and a feed line at the refinery caught on fire, sending smoke high into the air. That's according to Bruce Clawson, Texas City emergency management director.

He says the only injury came to a man who scraped his knee when

It is unclear what started the fire or what effect it will have on production at the refinery.

The refinery employs about 500 people and produces gasoline,
low-sulphur diesel, kerosene and jet fuel.

There was not a need for a shelter in place because winds were blowing the smoke away from the city today.