UPDATE: Cause of Alon Fire Released

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

UPDATE: February 4, 2013 - Alon Officials have released more information following a fire that broke out Sunday night.

The fire was reported at the vacuum tower at the refinery. The fire was quickly extinguished by emergency response personnel.

The cause of the fire was a leak from the bottom of the vacuum tower.  The unit was in the process of being shut down for planned maintenance work when the fire occurred.

Crews are currently in the process of cleaning up, assessing damage, and planning for repairs.

According to preliminary reports,  the damage is relatively minor and should have little, if any, impact on the duration of the previously announced maintenance work.

One employee was transferred to Scenic Mountain Hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation from smoke inhalation.  All other Company and contractor personnel are safe and accounted for.

BIG SPRING - A fire broke out at the Alon Refinery in Big Spring on Sunday night.

Our media partners at KBYG Radio tell NewsWest 9, one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson says there was not an explosion at the refinery but several units did respond to the facility.

A road near the refinery was blocked off while crews were on the scene.

No word on what sparked the blaze.