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Fire at HollyFrontier refinery contained without injury, incident

Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 6:46 p.m. MST

Firefighters try to contain a fire at the Holly Refinery Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Woods Cross.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

WOODS CROSS — A gas leak at the HollyFrontier Corp. refinery temporarily evacuated the location Monday.

The fire broke out on a hose transporting gas oil about 2:30 p.m., setting off an alarm signaling all employees not involved in containing the problem to exit the facility, said Mike Astin, a spokesman for the refinery.

The fire was contained by HollyFrontier personnel and allowed to burn out without injury or incident, Astin reported. Local police and fire crews were also on scene to provide support, as well as shutting down nearby 800 West between 500 South and 400 North as a precaution.

"Any material that's being released, we don't want it to come out in a combustible form," Astin said. "We'd like it to burn right there so we've got it contained and it doesn't create a hazard."

Damage was limited, but the affected refinery unit will be inoperable for about a day while repairs are made, he said.

After the fire, personnel from the refinery tested the air in nearby communities to make sure it was safe, Astin said.

— McKenzie Romero

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