Fire and Leak at Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Garyville

Emergency crews are currently responding to a fire and leak at Marathon Petroleum in Garyville, Louisiana. The incident occurred at the St. John the Baptist Refinery, where a naphtha release has resulted in flames visible from a distance. Marathon Petroleum has assured that the release and fire are contained within the refinery’s property, and there have been no injuries reported.

As a precautionary measure, air monitoring has been deployed in the local community, and no off-site impacts have been detected. The company has made all necessary regulatory notifications. However, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents within a two-mile radius of the fire.

Shelters have been set up at East St. John Preparatory Academy Gym in LaPlace and West St. John High School in Edgard. The Louisiana State Police have closed Highway 44 near the refinery site. Transportation assistance is available for those in need by calling 985-652-2222. For further information regarding the evacuation order, residents can contact Parish emergency management at the same number.

Naphtha, a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture, is the substance involved in the incident. Marathon Petroleum has emphasized their commitment to ensuring the safety of employees, contractors, neighbors, and first responders, as well as minimizing environmental impact. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the release.

Due to the fire, St. John Preparatory Academy is under lockdown, and Garyville/Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School, also known as GMMS, is releasing students immediately. District transportation will be provided to bring home students who usually ride the bus. Parents and guardians are urged to pick up their children as soon as possible, as instructed by parish officials.