AGE CEO Glen Gonzalez stated, "We are grateful at this time that no fatalities occurred. We are working in cooperation with local fire and police officials and appreciate their service during this critical time."
The AGE facility it is a refiner of jet fuel and diesel products that was founded in 1991 when the owner bought the former Howell Refinery. On average, it refines 13,500 barrels a day and it has a tank farm storage capacity of 208,000 barrels. AGE Refinery has contracts to supply jet fuel to three Air Force bases in area. The company filed for bankruptcy reorganization in February 2010.
Wednesday's explosion wasn't the first time the refinery has sustained a fire. In August 2008, flames shot up into the air. But that time the fire was quickly put out and no one was injured in that incident. It was later determined that the fire was triggered by a power outage at the plant that caused one of the silos of oil to overfill.