No injuries were reported following a fire at the International-Matex Tank Terminals’ (IMTT) St Rose facility in Louisiana, US, on 29 July 2020, according to reports.
A picture posted on Twitter showed black smoke rising into the air from the fire, which broke out in a pump pit at around 14:00 local time, according to local news website Nola.com. According to a statement on the St Charles Parish government website, the fire was extinguished by 14:24 local time.
Traci Johnson, IMTT’s vice president of environmental health, safety and security, told Nola.com that the pump pit that caught fire was handling heavy petroleum, which caused the black smoke. Johnson added that IMTT’s own emergency response team put out the fire, and that no detrimental effects to local air quality were detected by the company’s air monitoring station.
The St Rose facility has 207 tanks, the smallest at 150,000 litres and the largest at 500,000 bbl, with a total capacity of 16.3 million bbl. The site stores petroleum, petrochemical products, vegetable oils, commodity chemicals and ethanol.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.