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Truck Fire at Beverly Hills High School is Contained by BHFD

Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:26 pm

Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Beverly Hills Fire Department and Beverly Hills Police responded to a fire on the campus at Beverly Hills High School emitting thick black smoke that could be seen for miles.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Joe Matsch, the smoke was coming from the upper athletic field when “oil got into the flare unit and ignited.” 

One of the workers on the oil rig was injured, he said, probably due to smoke inhalation. However, there was no threat to structures or other people.

ARB, the company that is under contract to plug and clean up the oil wells, has sent representatives to the site. Representatives will remain on scene to monitor the situation. ARB has shut down all oil and gas that was being sent to the flare.

The fire was extinguished by firefighters. The flare unit has been shut down and cooling measures are being employed, using water and foam. 

The fire presented “no threats to students,” said Matsch. The site and the air quality will continue to be monitored.

The City has asked that people avoid the Spalding/Olympic intersection.

Dr. Michael Bregy was not immediately available for comments.

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