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Kinder Morgan says Calif. oil storage terminal not affected by explosion, fire

An explosion and fire on a truck rack at a Kinder Morgan Inc. crude oil and petroleum products storage facility in Carson, Calif., had no impact on operations, the company said.

"The preliminary investigation and assessment indicate that there are no impacts to the facility beyond the truck rack, and that our fire suppression equipment at the Carson terminal worked as designed," Kinder Morgan said in a June 4 emailed statement. "At this time, pipeline and terminaling activities have resumed normal operations."

The blast and fire occurred during the loading of jet fuel into a tanker truck at the Carson terminal, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said in a June 3 tweet. Kinder Morgan said it discovered the fire on its truck rack at about 5:45 a.m. PT the same day. The fire, which injured a truck driver, was then extinguished and the terminal was evacuated, according to the midstream giant. The company added that the truck driver was not one of its employees.

Kinder Morgan also said the local fire department responded, closing a nearby road during the initial response as a precaution.

The company confirmed that the damage was isolated to three of the 10 lanes of the truck rack, which will remain closed until the unaffected lanes are deemed safe to operate. The cause of the incident remains under investigation, Kinder Morgan said.

Acquired in 2001, the 100-acre Carson facility has 53 storage tanks and can hold almost 4.7 million barrels of crude oil, ethanol and finished petroleum products, according to Kinder Morgan's website.