2 fires at Valero refinery in Texas; no injuries

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Posted: Dec 24, 2009 10:30 AM

Authorities say two small fires broke out at a Texas refinery.

Bill Day of Valero Energy Corp. says nobody was hurt in either blaze Thursday at the Texas City refinery.

Day says the initial fire was reported around 5 a.m. at a crude unit and was quickly put out. He says a small secondary fire in a gas line was contained several hours later.

There's no word on the cause of the fires.

Days says there is believed to be no environmental impact to the community and the impact on refinery production is unknown.

A boiler failure at the refinery on Dec. 4 left one man dead from blunt force trauma and two other workers hurt.

Texas City is about 40 miles southeast of Houston.

(This version CORRECTS that the second fire is not out but contained. )