Fire “Under Control” Late Tuesday at Texas Co.’s San Francisco Fuel Storage Area

San Francisco-area fire officials said Tuesday night they did not immediately know the cause of the fire or whether there might be any connection to a 4.5-magnitude earthquake Monday night centered north of Oakland in the Bay area … A Contra Costa County official said Tuesday that the earthquake caused two malfunctions at two oil refineries run by Marathon and Shell, with some equipment at the Shell facility “temporarily affected,”

 

October 15, 2019

Local agencies say a fire caused by an explosion is under control on Tuesday night at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay area managed by Texas-based NuStar Energy LP.

The independent San Antonio liquids terminal and pipeline operations MLP said it’s “working with first responders.”

After the initial explosion and a plume of black smoke began to ascend into the sky, a “shelter in place” was ordered for about 12,000 residents living nearby in the cities of Crockett (population about 3,000) and Rodeo (population about 8,700) in Contra Costa County, California about 30 miles northeast of downtown San Francisco.

Shelter-in-place orders generally require residents to stay inside homes and workers to stay inside businesses until air starts to clear, turning off air conditioners and stuffing holes around doors and windows.

The primary concern, according to the Associated Press, was hazardous particulates in the air around the plant.

San Francisco-area fire officials said Tuesday night they did not immediately know the cause of the fire or whether there might be any connection to a 4.5-magnitude earthquake Monday night centered north of Oakland in the Bay area.

A Contra Costa official said Tuesday that the earthquake caused two malfunctions at two oil refineries run by Marathon and Shell, with some equipment at the Shell facility “temporarily affected,”

The explosion and fire Tuesday afternoon was at first thought to have started in one fuel tank at the facility, with two tanks containing about 250,000 gallons of ethanol burning and releasing chemical-laden smoke according to witnesses on Tuesday evening.

Contra Costa Fire Department spokesman Steve Hill said the two burning tanks contained about 250,000 gallons of ethanol, the Washington Post reported, as efforts were underway to keep the fires from spreading to other tanks.

About 200 firefighters battled the blaze, which was brought under control by the early nighttime hours, Hill said.