Salt Lake City refinery fire lights up night sky

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Firefighters from several agencies worked quickly to douse the flames of a fire that erupted at the Tesoro Oil Refinery in Salt Lake City Wednesday night.

The fire started around 9 p.m. and was big enough to be seen by thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people in Salt Lake and Davis counties.

Investigators believe the incident stemmed from a power outage that happened at the Tesoro refinery around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon. When workers got the power back and began restarting things, there was a fuel leak. That leak poured crude oil out on to the ground, and it later caught fire below the base of one of the refinery stacks.

The refinery's own firefighting crews did the major work of getting this thing under control, but other fire departments came to the scene quickly and helped them to knock the fire out.

No one was injured in the fire, but a few vehicles and pieces of equipment were destroyed.

KSL has also received word from the Utah Department of Public Safety that traffic on Interstate 15 is being affected in both directions near the area of 700 North. We'll bring you more details on the traffic delays as soon as they become available.



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