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Explosion at Detroit oil refinery, evacuation ordered

April 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

DETROIT, April 27 (UPI) -- People living near the Marathon Detroit Refinery were ordered to evacuate when a fire erupted at the facility just before 6 p.m. EDT Saturday, authorities said.

The refinery's private firefighting operation had extinguished the blaze by about 8 p.m., company spokesman Shane Pochard told the Detroit Free Press.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire and crews were evaluating air quality, Pochard said.

No refinery workers were injured and the appropriate federal authorities have been notified of the situation, he said.

Pochard said the fire was centered in one of the smaller tanks at the refinery.

A Detroit Fire Department hazmat team responded to the the scene, WWJ-AM, Detroit, reported.

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