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Tanks at Texas Oil Storage Facility Explode from Men Smoking

Posted on 1/29/2013 by with 0 comments

Two people were critically injured in an explosion and fire Tuesday morning after smoking on a catwalk over oil storage tanks, officials say.

According to Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen, at about 3 a.m. firefighters were called to a fire at an oil storage facility north of Van, Texas, along state Highway 110.

At the facility are at least six 400-barrel fiberglass storage tanks, three of which caught fire and exploded.  Multiple fire departments responded to the scene and ultimately decided to let the fire burn itself out.

 

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