Firefighters extinguish 'major' blaze at oil refinery building
The knockdown was declared shortly after 8 a.m., nearly four hours after the fire was first reported, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence. A total of 166 firefighters battled the blaze, which was contained to an administrative building and did not threaten any other refinery facilities.
“This freestanding structure was located some distance away from the refinery itself,” Spence said. “At no time was the refinery or any petroleum products in jeopardy.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates were immediately available.
Oil company officials provided technical expertise on the scene of the fire, Spence said.
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Photo: Firefighters battle a blaze that consumed most of an administration building at the ConocoPhillips refinery. Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times