NEWELL, W.Va. – Residents of northern Hancock County were evacuated from their homes late Saturday night after a major fire at the Ergon oil processing plant in Newell.
The fire occurred around 11 p.m.
The company issued a statement on Sunday afternoon saying the fire was in a treatment unit and no employees were injured.
“Refinery employees immediately initiated a controlled shutdown of the refinery processing units,” the statement said. “The cause of the fire is being investigated and Ergon will assess the damage to the equipment and begin coordinating any necessary repairs while prioritizing the health and safety of employees and the surrounding community. “
Ergon CEO Emmitte Haddox said he was grateful that there were no injuries, that the damage was contained and that the company’s safety protocol was followed.
“We appreciate the quick response from the fire departments and EWV employees who came to our aid in extinguishing the blaze,” Haddox said.
State Route 2 has been closed for some time near the Mountaineer Casino, the racetrack, and the resort. Residents were allowed to return home around 2 a.m.
It is not known what caused the fire.
A fire also broke out at the plant in April. No injuries were reported either.