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Oil Well Fire Extinguished by Dry Chemical

Issue 4 and Volume 105.

Oil Well Fire Extinguished by Dry Chemical A spectacular oil well fire that raged unchecked for five days in the Las Mercedes oil fields of Sociedad Anonima Petrolera Las Mercedes in Venezuela (an affiliate of the Texas Company) was extinguished recently by dry chemical fire extinguishers in exactly fifty seconds. It is believed to be the largest oil well fire yet extinguished by dry chemical. Details of the extinguishment we,re received by the Ansul Chemical Company of Marinette, Wis., whose equipment was used. Itmarked the second time in a little more than a year that dry chemical extinguishers put out a major oil well fire in Venezuela. In 1950, a fivehour fire in another company’s oil field was put out in less than one minute, after other methods of extinguishment had been unsuccessful. The Las Mercedes fire occurred when an electric spark freakishly ignited some surface gas. The resulting blowout…

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