"That structure is part of the system that controls the vapors when you fill your car. It withdraws the vapors being pumped out of the tank. So that's part of that system. So it provided us with an extra hazard. But we controlled that with lines while they rescued the individual that was trapped in the vehicle," said Battalion Chief Brian Rubenstein.
He said 33 firefighters were on scene. Some put out the fire and monitored the air and any potential threat while others rescued the driver.
"Incidentally it was necessary to remove the roof of the car to extricate the individual. Even once the roof was removed, they were pinned in the car. Technically it was quite difficult. We had good crews that got him out of the car," Rubenstein said.
He said the driver was conscious and was taken to the hospital.
They are investigating whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not other cars were involved.
Firefighters say this was a technically difficult rescue. The driver survived the crash. pic.twitter.com/BeCtH2g5yp— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) January 31, 2020
A car crashed into a vapor vent for the gas that’s stored underground at. Chevron in San Francisco. The driver survived- he was taken to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/9T81F85628— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) January 31, 2020