GRAMERCY, La. - At least four different agencies are working to extinguish a massive plant fire in Gramercy.
The blaze broke out around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Rain CII aluminum plant.
Lightning from some storms in the area may have sparked the fire, officials said.
The roof caught fire, then collapsed and set the oil-refining by-product, calcined coke, on fire.
The product is not hazardous and does not pose a threat to anyone.
The fire has been confined to the plant and there has been no off-site damage.
The fire is expected to continue burning for some time, officials said.
"Officials out there are saying it could be hours, but then again, it could be days, depending on the temperature that it reaches. If it reaches 1,200 degrees, then it probably can goon for days. It's like a coal, like a charcoal burning on a pit," said St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel.
"The fire actually was in the, what they called, a storage dome of a calicined coke product. The dome is actually of wood construction, many wood beams internally. They ignited," said St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin.
There were no reported injuries.
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