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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Third Alarm, The Aftermath

The day after the fire we went over to the refinery to get a look at what damage was done. The operations manager met us and gave us a tour. He thanked us for saving the plant. He said that he used to work somewhere else that had a fire just like ours and it leveled the entire facility. I don't know how much of that was us and how much was luck.
This is what was burning. It heated up the oil to prepare it for distillation.
Another picture from the same side.
Here's the flare stack that was burning like a very angry candle!
This is from the other side of the structure from the other pictures. I love that they put fire extinguishers there after the fire.

The operations manager said that the plant would be only out of service for a couple of days. This was an old machine and it was scheduled to be replaced soon. In fact,  they already had the replacements there on site.


Anonymous said...

Wow! I finally made it over to your blog and have been here WAY too long! There are so many interesting things about being a firefighter..thanks for sharing!

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

I'm glad that you enjoy the blog. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

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