Explosion, Huge Fire At Philadelphia Refinery (Ongoing Updates)

Authorities say a huge fire in Southwest Philadelphia has now been contained to a single refinery, but continues to burn after it initially started at 4am this morning when there was an explosion. The Philly Fire Department said they received the initial reports of a vat burning around 4:05am at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex on the 3100 block of Passyunk Ave in SW Philly.

Nearby residents say there were many explosions that were felt all the way in South Jersey and Delaware County.

The Philadelphia Fire Department is asking nearby residents to shelter-in-place, including areas 26th Street to the West, Schulykill Expressway to the North, I-95 to the South, and 22nd Street to the East due to the smoke and apparatus in the area, according to 6ABC. No injuries have been announced, and no causes of the explosions or fire have been announced yet. The cause is currently under investigation.

The Platt Bridge was closed for a few hours, but has reopened as of 6am.

Keep checking back for updates.

UPDATE 7:15AM - Per 6ABC, the shelter in place has been lifted.

UPDATE 7:35AM - Per 6ABC, the Philadelphia Fire Department says fire caused by butane

UPDATE: Apparently, this was not the first blaze at the refinery this month. There was also one on June 10th where no injuries were reported

UPDATE: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health says air samples taken from the scene of a massive refinery fire show no findings that would point to an immediate danger to the surrounding community.

UPDATE 11:40AM: 4 employees officially suffered minor injuries, were treated at the scene. Fire still ongoing.

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