Calumet resumes full operations after small fire Saturday

After a fire on Saturday, Calumet Montana Refining has resumed full operations, according to a press release.

The incident was caused by a pipe fitting leak, according to the refinery, and the leak has been repaired.

The affected unit has been restarted, according to the release.

Calumet officials said in the release that the fire was minor, but smoke was visible during the incident. The smoke was due to the interruption to unit processing, which resulted in the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons, according to the release.

“Safety is our top priority every day,” Wayne Leiker, plant manager, said the release. “In partnership with the Great Falls Fire and Police Departments, Calumet resolved this event quickly.”

Calumet regularly practices response drills to prepare for fires, severe weather events and other challenges that may impact plant operations.