Firemen called to put out oil tank fire

By Amanda Miller
St. Francis Herald – May 21, 2015
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The St. Francis Volunteer Fire Department was called out to Road 7 and Road R, west of St. Francis, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning after an oil tank caught fire. After the initial response to assess if the fire could be controlled or suppressed, at about 1:30 p.m., Rosewood Resources staff members determined the fire department could stand down and the company’s safety manager kept watch as the oil tank burned down.

The oil containers are the property of Rosewood Resources. Four hours after the first tank caught fire, a second tank that sat close by also ignited. All three tanks eventually caught fire, and the oil burned until it went out at 6 p.m. according to Tom Roelfs, spokesman for Rosewood Resources.

The St. Francis Fire Department requested additional water tanks from the county after they arrived on the scene. At 11:24 a.m., they called the Bird City Volunteer Fire Department requesting back up and more water as well. The emergency responders also requested dispatch call surrounding farmers to ask if they had water tanks available to help respond to the scene. Some nearby farmers did respond.

Mr. Roelfs said that there is an internal investigation to determine the cause of the fire. First reports from dispatch said a battery was being cleaned when the oil tank caught fire in the process.

Rosewood Resources did not have a press release at the time of publication.

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