More than a Dozen Fire Departments Respond to Oil Tank Fire
SHELBYVILLE-Fire and oil. That's the
dangerous mix firefighters across Central Illinois faced Tuesday
It all started when lightning struck an
oil tank in rural Shelbyville, causing that tank to explode the
thousands of gallons of oil inside of it to catch fire. It looked
like an inferno captured by Shelby County photographer Dave McClain:
enormous flames fueled by oil.
When they arrived, Shelbyville
firefighters instantly knew they needed help. Those flames had to
be suffocated by foam water would just spread the fire to surrounding
Fire chief Gary Lynch says at times 30
men were putting out flames 90 on scene in total.
He says on his 31 years fighting fires
he's never seen anything like it.
And he says the tank shot up in the air
soaring for 103 yards before landing in it's position. He says
thankfully the explosion happened before they were on the scene.
The chief says he doesn't know the
exact cause of damage but the owners lost several tanks, a few drums
and a shed, but thankfully no one was hurt.