For the second time in two months, firefighters scrambled Thursday to put out a blaze involving the crude oil pumps at the 139,000 b/d Phillips 66 refinery complex in Carson, CA.
No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered for nearby neighborhoods as about 120 Los Angeles County firefighters knocked down the flames at the refinery.
The fire was reported at 4:55 p.m. and was under control about three hours later, said Michael Pittman, a supervisory fire dispatcher.
Pittman described the incident as “a pump fire with residual product burning off” and said crews were working to shut off the valves to stem the additional flow of oil.
Residents in nearby cities were advised to keep windows closed as thick smoke rose from the fire. Inspectors from South Coast Air Quality Management District were sent to monitor the situation.
A similar incident occurred March 15, when three of the facility’s four crude oil pumps were involved in a fire that took about three hours to douse.