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Fire burning at Wilmington refinery


A large fire broke out this morning at a refinery in Wilmington.

The blaze started around 5 a.m. at the Tesoro Refinery at 2101 E. Pacific Coast Highway. More than 120 firefighters were on the scene and had prevented the blaze from spreading outside the Tesoro property, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

No injuries were reported, and officials are not sure how the fire started.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A plume of smoke rises above the Tesoro Refinery in Wilmington after a fire broke out early Friday morning. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Not now, the price of gas was going done. Now they have another excuse to raise their profits.

Sounds like gas prices are about to go up. Wonder if they blame it on the 16 year old that started the San Bernadino County fires as well, or if they take ownership of the cost-cutting shortcuts to station procedures?

Congrats to the oil companies for another "unplanned" fire at a California refinery. We California residents/victims know what to expect next: 25-50 cent increases of gas at the pump per week until your neverending greed is satisfied. What do you have planned for us for Christmas?

There go the prices at the pumps, again!!! The supplies will use this as an excuse to raise the bulk price to the retailers. And they will raise their prices to the consumer.

surprisingly it's not as bad or conniving as you uninformed people may think

Gary-I am an operator and firefighter at a refinery up north in the bay area. Do you really believe that we plan fires at our refineries? Are you really that ignorant? Have you though about the economics of that for one second? Remember, we live in the communities near these refineries, too. We raise our kids in these neighborhoods. There is no way this was planned.


thanks tesoro ! now the whole LA basin is filled with toxic smoke. oil companies have NO DIGNITY!


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