Six Tanks Involved
A FIRE THAT STARTED IN A STORAGE TANK at a lubricant and fuel distributor site on Thursday in Brazil, then spread to five more tanks and a few nearby homes before it was contained by the overwhelmed local fire department.
One person died and seven others were injured when a huge fire destroyed at least six large fuel storage tanks outside Rio de Janeiro, local government sources said.
The fire broke out in the storage area of fuel and lubricant distributor Petrogold in Duque de Caxias, a municipality in the Rio metropolitan area, and it took firefighters four hours to bring it under control.
The Duque de Caxias city hall confirmed the death of one of the storage center's workers and the fact that seven others had been admitted to Adao Pereira Nunes Hospital.
The intense heat generated by the multiple tanks ablaze forced the firefighters to retreat several hundred feet back, so they concentrated their efforts on containment by spraying exposed buildings and rooftops to prevent spread.
Canale 25 has some good early video of the spreading fire:
The victim was a 43 year-old man who worked at the site, owned by Petrogold fuel distributors. He was rushed to the hospital with 90% of his body burned but died soon after, local media reported.
The fire broke out just after 11:00, and about an hour later spread to the nearby homes.
Fire-fighters cleared out a four-block radius around the fuel depot, located in Duque de Caxias on the northern edge of metropolitan Rio. There were homes and a school within the evacuated area, said deputy Civil Defense secretary Jerry Pires.
Duque de Caxias Mayor Alexandre Cardoso ordered an investigation. "It is unacceptable to locate a time bomb in places were people live and study," Cardoso said.
According to officials with the state of Rio de Janeiro, Petrogold had no environmental license to operate, and had already been raided by federal police. The site was operating only because its case was being appealed in court.
ExtraWorldNews posted some good, raw aerial footage of the fire:
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