Fire at CA Methane Site

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 05:06 PM gHale


Firefighters mopped up last Thursday after a fire broke out at the Southern California Gas Co. facility where wells leaked methane for months.

Los Angeles City firefighters got the call at 1:38 a.m. Thursday to the Aliso Canyon facility in Porter Ranch, where there were reports of two 55-gallon oil drums burning.

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Fire officials later said the fire had started in an outbuilding around an oil drum, up against a hazardous material unit. The oil drums did not catch fire.

There were no evacuations in the incident.

The incident later ended up turned over to Los Angeles County Fire, which dispatched more engines and a HazMat unit. Officials did not say what hazardous material was in the building.

Thursday’s early-morning fire is the latest incident in a string of issues involving the Porter Ranch facility.

Since SoCal Gas finally plugged the wells that leaked gas for months and forced hundreds of residents out of their homes, the facility has been the focus of a permanent closure campaign, mentioned in the threat of blackouts and blamed for additional leaks later linked to other companies.