A three-alarm conveyor belt fire at the C&H Sugar refinery Thursday morning in Crockett, CA, spread to the raw sugar receiving area near the company’s dock on San Francisco Bay before being extinguished, a company press release states.
The belt extends from the ground to the seventh floor of the refinery.
Crockett-Carquinez Fire Department responded at about 9 a.m. to the scene and had the fire put out just before noon. The refinery, which employs about 450 people, was evacuated with no injuries reported.
According to Amtrak, train traffic between Richmond and Martinez was suspended nearly 45 minutes due to firefighting efforts.
The facility produces nearly 14% of the nation’s cane sugar. A full investigation of the cause is underway, the press release states.