Fire Destroys 2 Storage Tanks at Oil Facility in California

  • Source: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
  • Published: 10/16/2019 12:00 AM

Two chemical storage tanks caught fire and three others were threatened at an energy storage facility in Contra Costa County Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials. The blaze burned the two tanks to the ground and damaged two others at the NuStar Energy facility in Crockett, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, which got the first call at about 1:50 p.m. No injuries were reported. People in Crockett and Rodeo were asked to shelter in place. They were encouraged to stay inside and keep their windows and doors closed. The shelter in place was lifted at about 9:30 p.m. Both directions of Interstate 80 were shut down between Highway 4 and the Carquinez Bridge for more than 6 hours. The tanks were partially filled with ethanol, and fire crews used foam to fight the flames and water to cool the adjacent tanks that weren't burning, according to ConFire and NuStar officials.


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