EL SEGUNDO—Fire crews responded on Tuesday, October 17 to a large fire at the Chevron El Segundo Refinery.
Firefighters were able to diffuse the blaze in about 45 minutes, which threatened nearby storage tanks. The refinery’s on-site firefighting staff were the first to respond, but officials from Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and the city of El Segundo arrived to help battle the fire.
The El Segundo refinery spreads out across more than 1,000 acres along the Pacific Ocean and processes over 250,000 barrels of crude oil each day.
ABC7 News reported that the fire erupted after an explosion rocked the area at around 10:30 p.m. The flames allegedly touched power lines, generating large electrical flashes.
The refinery is located south of Los Angeles International Airport. The fire did not impact flights arriving or departing from the facility.
A statement released by Chevron after the accident indicated the company’s “primary concern is to ensure the safety of its employees and the surrounding community and the environment. Chevron is working very closely with the local agencies to ensure that we meet those expectations in responding to this incident.”
Chevron does not expect the fire will impact the refinery’s ability to continue operation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation