Explosion destroys tank at Lost Hills Chevron oil field

Explosion destroys tank at Lost Hills Chevron oil field

LOST HILLS, Calif., - An investigation continues Friday into a tank explosion at a Chevron facility in Lost Hills.

Officials say a fire in a huge tank threw the lid of the big structure 150 feet away, and sent thick smoke into the air at a Chevron facility near Lost Hills Thursday afternoon.

No one was hurt in the incident, according to Kern County Fire crews.

The explosion happened in a 5,000-barrel "wash tank." Kern County Fire Captain Eric Coughran said the blaze started just after 2 p.m.Thursday. The fire was out by about 3:30 p.m.

Coughran said the one tank was destroyed and two others were damaged. (Watch Raw Video)  The damage is set at $10 million, according to a KCFD statement.

It's not clear how many workers were in the area when the explosion happened. Kern County fire crews responded as well as Kern County Environmental Health.

The incident happened in a Chevron processing plant on Lost Hills Road, about half mile south of Highway 46.