Fire at Phillips 66 Louisiana refinery out, no injuries

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(Reuters) A fire that started in a processing unit Monday at Phillips 66's 260 Mbpd Lake Charles refinery in Louisiana, has been put out with no injuries reported, an emergency management official said.

The fire started when a heater tube failed as a hydrogen unit was being shut down at the plant, according to sources familiar with operations.

According to local media, the fire started around midday.

The Lake Charles refinery primarily processes heavy, sour crudes at the facility, as well as some light crude. The refinery relies on a mix of US Gulf Coast streams as well as foreign crude, including barrels from Colombia, Mexico, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Cash crude and products prices remain unchanged after news of the fire, dealers and traders said.

According to a Genscape report, all monitored units remained online by early afternoon.

Reporting by Liz Hampton and Erwin Seba, Writing by Catherine Ngai; Editing by Tom Brown and Sandra Maler

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