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VFDs snuff out tank fire
Polk County Enterprise - June 2008
LIVINGSTON — Firefi ghters from fi ve area fi re departments quickly extinguished a volatile storage tank fi re at an old oilfi eld off Munroe Road in south Polk County Tuesday. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 12:28 p.m. Tuesday from workers in a demolition crew who had been attempting to demolish storage tanks and salvage its steel parts. Sparks generated in the deconstruction ignited oil residue in the tank causing it to burst into fl ames, LVFD Chief Corky Cochran said. Cochran ordered arriving fi refi ghters to use extreme caution while approaching the blazing tank due to the high risk of explosion. “This fi re could have been catastrophic for the demolition crew,” Cochran said.
“If they had been in a little different position, the blast could have been fatal.” A total of 16 Livingston fi refi ghters with fi ve trucks were joined by Onalaska and Scenic Loop departments that each sent a truck and four men. South Polk County VFD sent three trucks and four men. Community VFD also sent a tanker and four men. The departments used about 35 gallons of foam to knock down the fl ames and cool the steel structure that was baking in near 100 degree temperature at the time the fi re ignited. Replacement cost on the foam is estimated at more than $400. Crews spent an additional hour decontaminating equipment at the fi re station before it could be placed back in service.