Fire causes minor damage at North Kenai Tesoro plant

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2005

A fire at Tesoro's North Kenai refinery Wednesday night did some minor damage at the plant, but it resumed normal operations Thursday.

The Tesoro fire brigade, Nikiski and Kenai fire departments responded to the fire at about 11:15 p.m., said Warren Isham, assistant fire chief for the Nikiski Fire Department.

Nobody was injured during the incident, said Steve Hansen, vice president of refining for Tesoro.

"It was a very small incident," Hansen said.

He said the fire was caused by a transmitter failure. Isham said the fire was under control in about 30 minutes.

Damage was limited to the transmitter; there was no damage to other parts of the refinery, Hansen said.

He said it is always better to have backup, such as a presence from the fire department, to be cautious.

Hansen said refineries have many intricate parts that are always monitored closely to prevent fire and other accidents.

However, he said that these things do happen from time to time. He added the company always works to ensure that accidents do not happen.

This was the second fire at Tesoro in a month. Nobody was injured in the fire on April 21, as well.

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