Fire at oil tank storage site in Beauregard Parish

RAGLEY, LA (KPLC) - Fire crews worked quickly starting around 6:30am Tuesday to extinguish an oil tank fire at the Midstates Petroleum property on Hwy. 12 at Pierce Rd. west of Ragley.

"There was a flash fire," said Sgt. James Anderson, Public Information Officer for Louisiana State Police.

There was "one open tank burning and three other tanks closed, " explained Ragley Fire Chief Tony Deville.

Joe Toler, Beauregard Sheriff's Office, said the flow was shut off to the tanks. Oil inside that tank did catch fire, but Deville said it was extinguished within 10 or 15 minutes.

"We didn't have to evacuate anybody. We got it out quickly enough before any problems with any homes or anything, " said Deville.

One person was injured, but was later treated and released on the scene, said Sgt. Anderson.

"We don't feel there is any danger to the public, " said Sgt. Anderson.

The Department of Environmental Qualities was also on the scene to monitor clean-up.

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