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Brief Fire Hits Exxon Refinery in SoCal

April 7, 2008
Fire damaged part of an Exxon Mobil refinery recently but no one was injured, the Associated Press reported.

The blaze erupted at 8:30 a.m. in a unit called the hydrotreater and was extinguished in 20 minutes, said fire Capt. Steve Deuel.

The unit was being depressurized and will eventually be shut down for repairs, but the rest of the facility continues to operate as normal.

The 150,000-barrel-a-day refinery produces a range of products from gasoline to diesel.

No dangerous vapors were released and the blaze was under investigation, with no indication of unusual circumstances.

Torrance is in southwest Los Angeles County.