Jet Fuel Fire Prompts Explosion at Tanker Fueling Center in Carson; Truck Driver Hospitalized

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A truck driver was hospitalized following a jet fuel fire and explosion at a tanker truck fueling center in Carson Monday morning.

The fire was reported just after 5:30 a.m. at the Kinder Morgan facility located in the 2000 block of East Sepulveda Boulevard.

A tanker truck was being loaded with jet fuel when an explosion occurred, causing a fire, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted.

A truck driver was taken to a local hospital with "some injuries," fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said. A spokesperson initially described the person's injuries as minor.

Three other people were evaluated and released at the scene.

Video showed the building and at least two tanker trucks were badly damaged in the blaze.

"The terminal has been evacuated and all Kinder Morgan personnel have been accounted for," the  company said in a statement.

About 100 firefighters were sent to the scene to extinguish the blaze, Imbrenda said.

The fire was knocked down about 6:20 a.m. and was contained to the original building.

The incident "absolutely could have been much worse," Imbrenda said.

Kinder Morgan's Carson facility handles crude oil, finished petroleum products, ethanol and refinery feedstocks, according to its website.

An investigation into what led to the fire is underway, the Fire Department tweeted.

KTLA's Nancy Fontan contributed to this report.

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