Truck explodes at Kern Co. oil processing facility

Truck explodes at Kern Co. oil processing facility »Play Video
A vacuum truck explodes and erupts in flames Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in rural Kern County north of McKittrick. (Photo provided by Kern County Fire Department)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — An explosion rocked an Aera oil processing facility Tuesday north of McKittrick and west of Buttonwillow.

The explosion engulfed a vacuum truck in flames around 5 p.m., according to the Kern County Fire Department. The fire spread to a nearby loading rack.

Crews, including a hazardous materials team, were able to deploy hose lines and gain control of the fire in just under an hour and a half.

The vacuum truck operator wasn't injured, the fire department said.

The cause of the explosion had not been determined as of Tuesday night.