Updates: Crews extinguish fire at Tulsa refinery

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • A fire started Friday afternoon at the eastern Holly Frontier refinery in southwest Tulsa.
  • A large plume of black smoke could be seen from across the city.
  • Officials were able to quickly get the fire under control.
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Dark smoke filled the sky over Tulsa Wednesday afternoon when a fire started at the eastern Holly Frontier refinery in southwest Tulsa.

Holly Frontier officials said the fire happened after 1 p.m. at the east waste water treatment plan. It’s unclear at this time what caused the fire.

HollyFrontier Tulsa Refining provided a statement to FOX23 Wednesday afternoon:

"HollyFrontier Tulsa Refining LLC confirms a fire took place at its East wastewater plant on August 8, 2018, at approximately 1:10 p.m. CDT. Our Emergency Response Team immediately responded and extinguished the fire. Our employees and contractors are accounted for and safe. No injuries were reported and we do not anticipate operational disruptions. We are monitoring the surrounding area and we don't expect any impact to the community."

The FOX23 Severe Weather team said light winds caused the smoke to rise up and create a large plume.

WATCH: Timelapse from the FOX23 SkyView Network

By 2 p.m. officials with the Department of Environmental Quality said crews had put the fire out.

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