Flare stack fire caused plume of black smoke at Phillips 66 refinery

A flare shaft fire was seen miles from the Phillips 66 oil refinery in South Killingholme last night.

Around 8 p.m., a huge cloud of black smoke filled the sky, which worried many residents.

The incident is said to have lasted more than two hours.

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Smoke was visible for miles, say local residents

In a statement to local residents yesterday, the Humber Refinery said, “We are currently responding to an operational problem that is leading to the closure of one of our units.

“Our trained staff reacts and the situation is under control. As always, the safety of our local staff and our local communities remains our top priority. “

Tony Goss, an East Halton resident, witnessed the cloud.

He told Grimsby Live, “At first I thought it was dark rain clouds piling up until I went outside when I saw where the smoke was coming from. The smoke continued for some time after that, certainly over an hour.

“This is not the first time I’ve seen this. I am a new resident of East Halton, it is quite worrying to see this. “

And Tony is concerned about the negative impact this could have on the environment for local residents.

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Black smoke rose over Immingham last night

He said, “My concern is for the health of the people in the area. I have no idea what toxins the smoke contains or how it could affect human health in the short or long term. “

Another local resident commented, “It is terrifying not to know what to breathe. The noise was horrific, the smell and smoke were unbelievable. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.

The refinery was contacted for comment.

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