Vapors Start Blaze at Oil Refiner

Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 03:11 PM gHale


A fiery blast at the Necessary Oil Co. in Bristol, TN, Tuesday started where the system stores vapors that pull off the oil during the refining process.

No one suffered any serious injury in the blaze and employees at the company followed the proper procedure assisting firefighters in containing the fire, said owner Mark Byington.

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“It was just an accident that happened,” he said. “We’ll wait to find out why it happened and look at it and hope to get back up and running by Monday.”

The fire started at the oil refinery plant just before 12:30 p.m., said Jack Spurgeon, assistant chief for the Bristol Tennessee Fire Department. About 26 firefighters from both Bristol fire departments had the blaze contained in about 35 minutes, he said.

A preliminary investigation suggests the fire started in the area of the plant where they store the vapors that end up pulled out of the oil during the refining process, Byington said. Firefighters were on scene until about 4:30 p.m., investigating the cause, said Capt. Harry Miller.

Byington said there was between $2,000 and $3,500 worth of damage to electrical equipment in the plant.

Currently, eight people work in the yard at the plant, which refines used motor and hydraulic oil, Byington said. The use some of the recycled oil to make base stock for companies like Valvoline, which uses 50 percent recycled oil in some of its products, he added.



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