Incident Name: Panama Incident
Incident Time:

10:04:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 04-08-2020
Incident Type: Commercial Fire Incident
Cause: Mechanical malfunction with heater stack
Injuries: None
Equipment Assigned: KCFD Engines 41, 42, 45, 51; Truck 41; Hazmat 66;  Battalions 4, 5; Safety 4, 6; Breathing Support 66; KPIO
Total Personnel: 25

Lamont, CA

At approximately 10:04 a.m. firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department were dispatched to Kern Oil & Refining Company, for reports of a large fire visible from a distance. Upon arrival firefighters encountered fire issuing from the top of a large metal structure. After speaking with personnel at the facility it was learned that a fire had started within a heating stack during “restart” operations. Refinery personnel informed the firefighters that the fuel to the heater had been shut off. As a precaution firefighters remained on scene as the fire burned itself out. There were no injuries reported to civilians, refinery personnel or fire personnel. 

 Assisting Agencies CHP, Cal Trans, Kern County Environmental Health



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