That was certainly true on
That meant it was visible as far as
The 80,000-barrel tank contained about 1 million gallons of unleaded fuel. Standing about 40 feet high and 120 feet wide, the tank was about one-quarter full when the fire started shortly after
The fire burned so hot, paint blistered on fire apparatus sitting 100 yards away. Off-duty
Damage estimates from the fire totaled $1 million. After burning for 46 hours, the fire was finally extinguished on a Tuesday, and workers began the cleanup the following day.
The best news of the story was the safety of a nearby tank, which was 100 feet away and held up to 3.36 million gallons of gasoline. Thanks to a shift in wind and the work of the fire departments, that unit never caught on fire.
It wasn’t the last time a large explosion shook the refinery. Less than two years later, a faulty tube inside a reboiler heater unit split, exposing high-octane gasoline blend to flames heating the boiler. That fire, in February, 1981, also resulted in $1 million worth of damage.
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