Fire-fighters responded to a small, slow-burning storage tank blaze in BPs Texas City, Texas, refinery on 20 May.
The storage tank fire was reported at 4am, and was contained within the refinery. Despite producing a plume of smoke that could be seen from most parts of the Galveston County, it was claimed to have never been a threat to the community.
A BP spokesman announced that about 66,000 barrels of residual hydrocarbon product fuelled the fire inside the 150-foot diameter tank in the eastern side of the refinery. The tank had been out of service for several years and was scheduled for demolition at a later date.
The company had not been able to determine what sparked the fire.
There were no injuries. The refinerys fire crews doused the blaze with foam and water but that more than 10 hours after the fire was discovered the contents in the tank were still burning.