Officials Investigating Fire at Pascagoula Chevron Refinery

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Chevron officials hope to know how much production at its largest U.S. refinery will be affected by an oil fire at the Pascagoula, Mississippi facility.

Chevron spokesman Steve Renfroe says the company is also trying to determine what caused the blaze.

The blaze was contained within hours of when it started Thursday afternoon. The fire was allowed to burn out on its own.

Jackson County government spokesman Ken Flanagan said there were two minor injuries, but Renfroe could not confirm that.

Flanagan said he was relaying information provided by company officials. He said one of the injuries was a person suffering from heat exhaustion at the plant. The other was a person who had an anxiety attack in a nearby neighborhood.

The facility is one of the top 10 petroleum refineries in the United States and has been operating on the Mississippi coast since 1963.

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