5-Hour Fire Confined to Single Gasoline Tank

Issue 2 and Volume 123.

5-Hour Fire Confined to Single Gasoline Tank Ethyl gasoline was overflowing a 15,000-barrel tank when Engine 3 reached the Citgo terminal in Meridian, Miss., to investigate a report of a gasoline leak. Captain Thomas M. Sanderford said that the fuel was gushing and creating a spray. The engine company had been dispatched after a telephone call at 9:44 a.m. last October 14 from a resident south of the terminal who reported a gasoline leak. At the time, two pipeline companies were delivering gasoline to the tank. Sanderford went to the terminal office to have tire pipelines shut down their pumps. Maurice Binion, the assistant manager of the terminal, who had not been aware of the overflow, called the pipelines to shut down and then went outside to close the manifold valves. As Binion was closing a main valve, the gasoline ignited. According to reports received by Captain T. N. Walker…

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