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Associated Press, Published January 19 2011

Furnace fire at Mandan refinery

MANDAN, N.D. - A refinery official said a fire broke out Wednesday in the furnace of a gasoline production unit at the Tesoro Refinery in Mandan.

Tesoro spokesman Leif Peterson told the Bismarck Tribune there was undetermined damage and no reported injuries.

He said Tesoro's firefighters responded and the refinery alerted local emergency officials but did not request outside help.

Morton County Emergency Manager Tammy Lapp Harris said she was unaware of any injuries.

The Tribune said the fire, reported shortly after 1 p.m., produced a large, dark plume of smoke that was visible for miles.

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