Fire breaks out at West Virginia’s Ergon oil refinery, south of East Liverpool

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The fire is believed to have started around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday

NEWELL, West Virginia (WKBN) – Crews worked to extinguish a fire overnight at the Ergon West Virginia, Inc. petroleum refinery in Newell.

WKBN first learned about the fire from our sister station WTRF in West Virginia. An official with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that information.

The fire is believed to have started around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Report It information sent to us by a viewer, multiple fire trucks rushed to the scene.

Leaders with Ergon later said a workshop was damaged, but no bulk chemicals or hydrocarbons were involved in the fire.

“Thankfully, there were no injuries. The damage was contained, and there will be no impact to our operations or to the pending maintenance schedule,” said Emmitte Haddox, Ergon Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the prompt response from the fire departments and our employees who came to our aid last night and their efforts to extinguish the fire.”

The Ergon refinery is three miles south of East Liverpool and three miles north of the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.

Storm Team 27’s Weather Camera in East Liverpool picked up some images of smoke from the fire.

Credit: Storm Team 27 Weather Camera

According to Ergon’s website, its West Virginia refinery “produces oils used as automotive and industrial lubricants, grease, chemical process industries and rubber applications.”

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