Nearly 130 firefighters battled a blaze at a Wilmington refinery Thursday that injured six people and sent flames leaping 50 feet into the air.
The fire started shortly after 5 p.m. in a storage tank containing thick crude oil at the Ultramar Refinery at 2402 E. Anaheim St., fire officials said.
Before it was contained about an hour later, the blaze forced the closure of a nearly four-mile stretch of the Terminal Island Freeway and sent a column of black smoke billowing toward Long Beach.
An Ultramar firefighter suffering from smoke inhalation and a federal firefighter from the Long Beach Naval Shipyard with an injured hand were taken to hospitals. Three refinery workers and a woman believed to be a worker were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.