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Crews battling 'major emergency' fire at Conoco refinery building

January 16, 2012 |  6:28 am




The fire broke out shortly before 4:30 a.m. at an administrative office building at 1660 W. Anaheim St. in San Pedro, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze is contained to the building and no oil fields or petroleum products are in danger of going up in flames, said department spokesman Matt Spence.

Following a partial collapse of the building's roof, fire commanders ordered all firefighters off the roof and out of the building, Spence said. They are now is a "defensive" position for the safety of the fire crew, he said.

About a third of the building had been consumed by the fire as of about 5 a.m., according to authorities.

"They've made some very good headway, and I'd expect a knockdown pretty soon," Spence said.

No one has been injured in the fire and there is no word yet on what caused it, officials said.


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Photo: Firefighters battle the blaze in an administration building at the ConocoPhillips refinery. Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times