Huge fire tears through oil plant as smoke billows from scene

A massive fire is tearing through an oil plant – with smoke seen from miles around.

The Baton Rouge fire department are responding to the blaze at the refinery in Louisiana, the US.

Crews confirmed in a statement: "The ExxonMobil volunteer fire team members are responding to a fire at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery.

“There are no injuries. The fire was contained to the area where it occurred.

"Baton Rouge HAZMAT is monitoring air quality in North Baton Rouge. All readings are below detection limits.

“We apologise for any inconvenience and concern this incident may have caused. We will continue to keep you updated with information as it becomes available.”

Earlier this month, nearby buildings were evacuated over fears of airborne asbestos after a major fire broke out at a factory in Wakefield, West Yorks.

The blaze started at a Speedibake bakery and residents have warned others to stay away from the Lupset area of the West Yorkshire city.

Emergency services raced to Westgate to contain the fire.

A Cineworld cinema was placed on lockdown in a nearby shopping centre.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed in a statement: "Emergency services are currently in attendance at a building fire at Westgate Retail Park in Wakefield."

"Roads around the area are closed, people are being asked to avoid the area. No injuries have been reported."

One resident tweeted: “Huge fire in Wakefield centre, most terrifying experience, thick black smoke, literally could not breathe.

“Drove next to the factory (before we realised the extent of the fire). Everyone stay away from the area.”

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