Firefighters knock down blaze at Carson oil refinery

Fire at oil refinery
A large fire broke out at the Phillips 66 oil refinery Friday in Carson.

A fire erupted Friday night at an oil refinery in Carson but was knocked down after about three hours.

Television footage showed a section of the Phillips 66 refinery in the 1500 block of East Sepulveda Boulevard engulfed in large flames and plumes of black smoke spewing into the sky.

After almost three hours battling the fire, Los Angeles County fire officials said in a tweet that the blaze had been knocked down. One person was being treated at the scene for an unspecified injury, fire officials said.

Three of the facility’s four crude oil pumps were involved in the fire, which started about 7:45 p.m., according to county fire officials. The pressurized pumps were shut down to cut off the flow of oil that was fueling the blaze, the department said in a tweet.


Fire crews could be seen on the television footage drenching large pipes and two tanks in the area of the flames. Several storage tanks farther away were not at risk, fire officials said.

There were no orders given for people in the area to evacuate or warnings about health risks caused by the smoke.

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