Torrance, CA, Refinery Fire Doused

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 04:11 PM gHale

A high pressure line routed to a flare near the area where hydrochloric acid ends up used in the refining process was where a fire broke out at a Torrance, CA, oil refinery Tuesday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said.

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The refinery’s on-site fire crew began dousing the flames shortly after 4 p.m.

Crews from the Torrance Fire Department arrived later to assist in the firefight.

The flames began to subside at around 4:45 p.m. The fire appeared to be out shortly after 5 p.m.

Last year, an explosion at the facility forced its closure. The facility reopened in May.

The cause of Tuesday’s fire was not immediately known.

The city of Torrance said in a statement some employees suffered injuries injured and ended up evaluated at the scene, but did not go to the hospital.

The 750-acre refinery was previously owned by ExxonMobil but was sold to New Jersey oil refining concern PBF Energy last year for $527.5 million.

The Torrance Fire Department said the 10-inch flare pipe that burned is “outside the boundary of the alkylation unit,” an area where modified hydrofluoric acid, a highly hazardous chemical, is used. Though that unit was not affected, refinery personnel shut it down when the fire broke out, fire officials said.

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