Evacuations underway after chemical leak and fire at Louisiana refinery

A chemical leak and fire at a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Garyville, Louisiana, has prompted evacuations in a two-mile radius. There have been no reports of injuries.

The leak involved naphtha, a flammable liquid that can be used as fuel. The fire was contained to a storage tank at the refinery.

Marathon Petroleum said it is doing everything possible to get the fire out. The company said the evacuations are as a precaution.

Some area schools have been evacuated while others are under shelter in place orders.

The cause of the leak and fire is under investigation.

Some additional details:

  • The refinery is located in a rural area about 40 miles west of New Orleans.
  • The evacuation order includes about 2,500 people.
  • The fire was first reported at around 9:30 a.m. local time.
  • The cause of the leak and fire is still under investigation.
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