Sulphur fire contained at port of Tampa in Florida

08 August 2013 19:55  [Source: ICIS news]

By David Tonyan

HOUSTON (ICIS)--There was a fire on Thursday morning inside a sulphur tank at the port of Tampa in Florida, officials said.

The fire caused a sulphur dioxide cloud that has dissipated, and operations have returned to normal.

“The problem they had was that when they tried to put the fire out with steam it caused a cloud of sulphur dioxide,” said Captain Lonnie Benniefield of Tampa Fire Rescue.

It is unclear what caused the fire, which occurred during routine maintenance of the sulphur tank. Officials said there were no reported injuries and they are still investigating damage to the facilities.

“Tampa Fire Rescue in conjunction with port security and Hillsborough County was on the scene and contained the incident swiftly,” said Andrew Fobes, public relations director at the Tampa Port Authority, in an email.

By: Staff Reporter
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