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Crews responding to fire at Valero's Corpus Christi refinery

 (Reuters) - Crews are responding to a fire within the 290,000 barrel-per-day Valero Energy Corp's Corpus Christi West refinery in Texas, according to a community alert on Wednesday.

"There is visible smoke. As a precaution, a portion of Up River Road is closed," it added.

Valero could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Bill Greehey refinery East and West plants are located along the Corpus Christi ship channel and the East refinery processes sour crude, while the West plant processes sweet and sour crude and residual fuel oil, according to the refinery website.

"The Corpus Christi Fire Department (CCFD), the Refinery Terminal Fire Company, and Valero emergency crews are on the scene. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the CCFD are monitoring air quality. At this time, there is no community action needed," the City of Corpus Christi said in a release on its website.

This is the second fire at an oil refinery in Texas in days, with a blaze on Monday killing one worker and injuring two others at Marathon's Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, about 42 miles (68 km) southeast of Houston, prompting an investigation by state and federal agencies.

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