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Crime & Courts

No injuries in fire at Citgo Refinery in Lemont

LEMONT – A fire occurred at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday on the crude unit at the Citgo Lemont Refinery, according to a news release from Citgo.

The unit was immediately shut down on site, the release said. Local fire departments responded to the incident and brought the fire under control.

No injuries or evacuations were required, according to the release.

Air monitoring showed no readings of any hazardous materials and the work of repairing the unit and investigating the cause has begun, the release said.

The refinery operations have been significantly reduced and there is no schedule on when the crude unit will again be operational, the release said.

Lemont Fire Protection District Chief George Rimbo said district firefighters performed a support role in responding to the incident and further investigations into the fire will be handled by Citgo's fire department.

Rimbo said the fire closed 135th Street off Route 53 to Smith Road, as well as New Avenue from 127th Street.

All roads are back open, he said.

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