Tanker Fire Erupts, Causing Massive Fire

Tanker Fire Erupts, Causing Massive Fire
Tanker Fire Erupts, Causing Massive Fire

Residents were told to leave or keep their windows closed after a massive fuel fire that burned for hours on Thursday.

Firefighters said that a tank at the back of a fuel truck near a warehouse caught fire.

Flames quickly spread to a warehouse and other buildings, located at R.D. Holder Oil Co., at 2319 Folk Ream Rd., northwest of the city, causing a partial structure collapse 10TV’s Jessa Goddard reported.

More than 85 firefighters worked to put out the flames.

Firefighters asked everyone within a mile radius of the fire to turn off their air conditioning units and to keep doors and windows closed.

Video taken from Chopper 10 showed flames rising into the air. Smoke could be seen for miles.

Resident Mary Taylor said that she was not taking any chances. She packed up her valuables, including her horses, and headed for a safer area, Goddard reported.

“All it would take is a small shift of the wind, and I have horses and dogs. I mean, that can cause respiration problems with them,” Taylor said. “We want to go ahead and get everything out, just in case, because you don’t know. The creek runs right along the back. The runoff obviously is going to hit the creek.”

A firefighter sustained minor injuries when he was struck with a hose, Goddard reported.

According to the company's Web site, R.D. Holder Co. supplies fuel, oil lubricants and products to Ohio and northern Kentucky customers.

It supplies diesel fuel, heating oil, gasoline, Dragon racing fuel and bio-diesel fuels. They also supply automotive and heavy duty lubricants.

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