(UPDATE: As of 5:30 p.m. local time,
the fire has been extinguished, according to the Marathon
A spokesman for Marathon Petroleum said hoses connected to a
tank at its Galveston Bay refinery caught fire Thursday, and
the company is working to extinguish the blaze.
A Texas City Emergency Management alert originally stated
that a tank was on fire at the 451,000-bpd refinery.
But a later alert stated that a pump is on fire next to a tank.
"Material on the ground caught fire," the alert added.
Shane Pochard, a spokesman for Marathon Petroleum, said the
fire has not caused any injuries nor had any offsite
Dow Jones Newswires
-- Additional reporting by Deborah Hallene of
(Editor's note: Marathon
formally acquired the refinery from BP
on February 1. Known previously as the BP Texas City refinery, it has a long history of environmental
violations and accidents.)