Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:29 AM
Javaman (46,985 posts)
Smokers light up at Texas oil storage facility, tanks explode, official say
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.
The names of the victims have not been released and neither person has been identified as an employee of the storage facility.
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