3-Alarm Fire Starts in Conveyor at C&H Sugar Plant

March 6, 2020

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3-Alarm Fire Starts in Conveyor at C&H Sugar Plant
A view of the C&H Sugar refinery in Crockett, CA. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A three-alarm fire broke out Thursday in an enclosed conveyor used to transport sugar in the California and Hawaiian Sugar Refining Company (C&H Sugar) sugar refinery in Crockett, CA, local news organizations reported. 

A company-owned fire unit alerted Crockett-Carquinez Fire Protection District to the blaze in the conveyor belt at about 8:45 a.m., fire officials said in coverage by the East Bay Times

“The belt runs through the whole factory, and moves product – sugar,” Crockett-Carquinez Fire Protection District Chief Dean Colombo told the newspaper. “And the building is very large, and very old, something like a maze.”

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Upon arrival, crews observed heavy smoke coming from the burning equipment, Assistant Contra Costa Fire Chief Terence Carey said in an account by CBS San Francisco. More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene during the incident. 

“It was very labor intensive to fight the fire,” Carey said in an interview with the broadcaster. “We had wood burning. We had sugar burning. We had the conveyor assembly on fire.”

Colombo told said in the Times that the fire was extinguished quickly and that no injuries were logged during the incident.

C&H Sugar is owned by Domino Foods Inc. The Crockett facility has a capacity of 700,000 tn/yr of cane sugar, according to information on the firm’s website. 

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