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    Default Gas tank fire

    Have any of you guys seen the gas tank burning at Colonial Pipeline in Greensboro? I've driven past those tanks a few hundred times and wondered what would happen if it caught on fire.

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    I pass through last night a few hours before they caught on fire.

    Good thing I'm not on call!

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    Wow, I would love to see that in person. Speaking of those tanks, the "roof" on top of each tank was installed long after the tanks were installed. The roof helps to slow the heating of the gasoline from the sun. The heating causes the pressure in the tank to rise and profits from evaporating. I forget who told me that but it makes sense.

    That tank field is pretty old. It was there when I was a young boy.

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    wow.. I should bring some hot dogs and marshmellows.

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    The tank was supposedly struck by lightning about 12:45 am. It held gasoline and burned for 6-7 hours. About 7 am or so, they got some foam on it and snuffed out the fire. I-40 was closed till about 8:30 am or so by smoke in both directions. The one tank was destroyed, but the others nearby were OK.

    Didn't see it in person, but a few people driving by got some good pictures.
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    I guess if I live long enough most of a my lifelong questions will be answered. When I was employed by a big corporation, we were required to have annual fire extinguisher training. This guy would come in and put diesel fuel into a pan made from a 55 gallon drum. The pan was maybe 12" high. He would light it, and we would take turns putting out the fire with an extinguisher. I learned a lot about fire extinguishers from that training. I've used it once or twice in my life. I would suggest you go through that training if you can. Regardless, one year the guy parked his truck too near the diesel pan and set the diesel fuel on fire. There was too much diesel fuel in the pan. As part of his class, he took an extinguisher and walked up to the pan and accidentally blasted the flaming diesel fuel under his truck. Now his truck was on fire. Now that was an emotional quandary. We were laughing but didn't want his truck to burn. A bunch of us grabbed the dozen or so extinguishers for the class and put out his truck fire. Good times.

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    Yeah made for a great 530 wakeup call for me to help provide medical rehab for the Firefighters luckily for us we got turned around about half way there seeing they got the foam on it and knocked it down faster than they thought they would. You know its big when they ask Forsyth County EMS to come help with rehab in Guilford.

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    One of the reasons they got this one out fast was the entire field of tanks is crossed with piping that allows them to pump out of one tank and into another. The tank started with over 800,000 gallons. They let about half of it bur off on purpose, then they rapidly pumped the fuel from the burning tank into another tank that was considerably across the field. I am not sure why they waited but that was mentioned during one of the live reports I saw. I guess that capacity had to be reduced to a certain size before they could pump the remainder. Yipes !
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    According to news reports, they also have training with area fire companies for just such an occurrence as this one. Most recent one was a few months ago where they simulated such a fire and how to handle it with the fire companies.

    Rescue, I'm sure they called you guys out - but the "big" news was that some folks from Raleigh and Charlotte came as well. They don't mention the local folks that did most of the work - just the guys from far way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rescue_653 View Post
    You know its big when they ask Forsyth County EMS to come help with rehab in Guilford.
    One of the pics from William's link shows a firefighter's shirt that says "Raleigh". Long way to travel to fight a fire, but if he's the specialist, I'm sure he was called.
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    Hey, it made national news. My mom in NJ heard about it!
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