Crews knock down fire at Carson refinery

Los Angeles County Fire Department crews were called about 7:15 p.m. to respond to a fire at the Phillips 66 refinery in the 1500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Carson, a dispatcher said.

The fire burned for more than two hours before being knocked down. The fire involved three high-pressure crude pumps, according to Capt. Tony Imbrenda, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman.

The fire was knocked down at 9:30 p.m., Imbrenda said.  No evacuations were ordered, but a shelter in place order for area residents was lifted shortly before 10 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

The blaze prompted the closure of Sepulveda Boulevard in both directions between Alameda Street and Wilmington Avenue, according to the sheriff’s department.  Imbrenda said checks of air quality indicated there was no threat to the public.

Long Beach Fire Department crews were also summoned to the refinery, the county fire department dispatcher said.

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