Flash Fire Refinery
Flash Fire, Explosions Rake Santa Fe Sennas A f l a s h fire, punctuated by : 10 p.m. He said he heard ! flames j e t t i n g i n t o the a series of explosions, en-:explosions and then "tookisky." veloped high-ociane gasoline t a n k s Friday night at a Santa Fe Springs oil company refinery. The fire started about 9 p.m. at Rothschild Oil Co., 12354 Lakeland Rd., east of Norwalk Boulevard. No juries had been reported midnight. More than a dozen fire off." "I didn't keep track of ex- The gasoline t a n k s about 16 feet t a l l and plosion,; after that, said EMis, c a p a c i t y of approximately 35. of P'co- JOOO gallons of 100, 94, and 89- l]le sla i e . * He said approximately 2S|octane gasoline each, Ellis men were working at the refinery when there was a big I flash. The flash apparently was ignited by gasoline vapors and then the explosions u n i t s from W h i t t i e r , Downey,! bc S n "' lle s;iid Bell, Montobello, South Gate. Endangered in the immedi- " said. There was no jet f u in the tanks. N e w s p a p e r s , offices and police were ed with phone calls, as fire visible as far away H u n t i n g t o n Park and Los An-' n M ; geles County were sent to assist Ihe Santa Fe Fire Department. A gasoline loader at the as Long Beach and Seal wore approximately'Beach. Flames shot more 50 storage tanks, each c o n - i l O O feet into the taining near 40,000 gallons o f | Fire Chief Elmer clm ' oil. Bob Gun.sauls, 36, a tank- Santa Fe Springs F i r Dep a r t m e n t said he r e f i n e r y , Dale Ellis, reported t r u c k driver, called the s c e n e | f at least six tanks afire at a "spectacular one, with j spark of static electricity.