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There was a fire at the Hunt Southland Refining Company in Jones County, MS, Tuesday night.

The fire began just before 7 p.m. at the refinery on Haney Road off Highway 11, company officials said.

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A tank ignited during a routine asphalt transfer, causing the fire to spark, said David Carrol from Hunt Southland Refining Co.

Crews had the blaze extinguished by 7:18 p.m., but members stayed on the scene for several hours after to cool the area and monitor the situation. 

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There were no injuries in the incident.

Jones County Emergency Management Officials said there were no evacuations issued to surrounding areas due to it being a non-hazardous situation. Multiple fire departments and agencies from Jones and Jasper Counties responded to the scene.

Carrol said there may be damage to the tank and associated lines. Operations at the refinery were back to normal just before 9 p.m.

“We’ve had exercises in that facility in the past and they came into big play last night with the actual event,” said Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Coordinator.

“It was quickly determined that there was no threat to the surrounding community, no need for an evacuation, the firefighters and the employees at Hunt had the situation well within hand,” said Rodney Parker, deputy director of Jones County Emergency Management. 

The company is investigating the cause of the fire.

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