Mutual Aid Proves Value In Gasoline Tanker Fire
The dispatching of apparatus through the St. Lawrence County, N. Y., Mutual Aid System proved of value in containing a fire that started under a semi-trailer tanker with 7,200 gallons of gasoline at a small tank farm in DeKalb Junction.
After hearing a slight explosion, Philip Carpenter, owner of the tank farm, saw fire under the tanker as the driver was preparing to discharge his load to two storage tanks. The two men ran across the road to a garage and phoned the fire department about 3 p.m. last July 14.
The DeKalb Junction Fire Department immediately notified the mutual aid fire control center at the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to send additional apparatus. Meanwhile, fire spread the length of the tanker and engulfed the immediate area in flames. In addition to two gasoline storage tanks, there was a large fuel oil tank and a kerosene tank. All the tanks were on steel supports and were about a foot apart. There was a total storage of about 85,000 gallons.
The first companies to reach the tank farm, about a quarter of a mile from the center of the village, used fog streams to cool the. storage tanks. Responding to the mutual aid call, pumpers and tankers from Canton, Heuvelton and Rensselaer Falls joined the attack started by DeKalb Junction. I hey were joined by apparatus from Morristown, Gouvemeur, Norwood and Morley.
A 3-foot blanket of high expansion foam was laid over the area by Norwood firemen, and more foam was obtained from Morristown, Canton, Gouvemeur and Heuvelton. Portable pumps and pumpers were set up at two places to refill tankers shuttling water to the fireground. The fire was brought under control in an hour and three quarters.
The mutual aid efforts were coordinated by George E. Briggs, St. Lawrence County fire coordinator; Thomas Patterson, deputy county fire coordinator; Emerson Bartman, deputy rescue coordinator: and Chief Reginald Chilton.
The tanker with its load of gasoline, a small office and some small storage tanks were lost in the fire.