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April 1, 2011 > Fire breaks out at Evergreen Oil Refinery

Fire breaks out at Evergreen Oil Refinery

By Meenu Gupta

An equipment failure caused a two-alarm fire the fire at Evergreen Oil Hazardous Waste Facility and Refinery located at 6880 Smith Avenue in Newark about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 29. The company refines used oil and complex watery oils found in service bays, car washes and garages for reuse.

Fire melted a fiberglass tank containing hydrochloric acid. One employee was transported to the hospital with an arm injury, though authorities said there was no health risk to the community.

Evergreen has been repeatedly cited by the City of Newark for odor releases and fined by California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for health and safety violations. A representative of the company could not be reached for comment. "Evergreen Oil Refinery and Cal/OSHA continue their joint investigation into the Newark plant fire," said Aisha Knowles, Public Information Officer, Alameda County Fire Department.

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