Crews able to put out fire at Ergon plant across Ohio River, fire crews say

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NEWELL, West Virginia (WKBN) – A fire at the Ergon Plant just over the Ohio River has been put out early Sunday morning.

Some Columbiana County residents reported seeing a glow across the Ohio River late Saturday night.

According to an early statement by the Newell Volunteer Fire Department, there were “a lot of people out” at a fire at Ergon West Virginia, Inc. petroleum refinery in Newell, West Virginia.

Over a dozen fire departments were dispatched to help at the oil refinery located in Hancock County.

The fire reportedly started just after 11 p.m. Saturday. Some people in the area were evacuated for their safety.

Crews got the fire under control early this morning.

Hancock County Dispatch told First News no one was hurt.

A cause of the fire, which started in a processing unit, is reportedly under investigation.

“Thankfully, there were no injuries. The damage was contained, and our safety protocol was followed,” said Emmitte Haddox, Ergon Chief Executive Officer, in a press release. “We appreciate the prompt response from the fire departments and EWV employees who came to our aid to extinguish the fire.”

The company said its next step will be making necessary repairs and assess safety measures taken.

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