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San Antonio Refinery Catches Fire

Posted on May 7th, 2010 No Comments

A fuel refinery in San Antonio caught fire after a tanker truck exploded Wednesday.

Firefighters were able to stabilize the two-alarm blaze on the city’s South Side. A cloud of black smoke was visible forty miles away as firefighters went door-to-door urging residents to stay at least one mile from the fire, which threatened to ignite nearby fuel tanks.

“Our main concern is not the fire but the materials of combustion,” Fire Chief Charles Hood said. “It’s a very dynamic situation, and we’re still trying to get our arms around it.” Hood added that “a larger explosion could basically kill a bunch of people that are close by.”

Although there were no immediate reports of health complaints, Hood urged people with respiratory issues to remain indoors because officials are not sure what chemicals the smoke consists of.

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