Fire still burning after oil tank exploded in Louisiana

03 May 2013 18:17  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Response crews are still trying to extinguish a fire that occurred after an oil tank exploded late Thursday night in Livingston Parish in eastern Louisiana, a state agency said on Friday.

The incident was reported before 23:00 Louisiana time at what is commonly referred to as a “load out facility”, the state Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) said.

A tank containing 9ft (2.7m) of crude oil is on fire, and 2ft of product has been burned off as of 09:00 Friday, the agency said.

The fire is still generating too much heat to apply foam, it added.

About 30 homes have been evacuated within a one-mile radius of the site.

No injuries have been reported.

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