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Frac tank catches fire
by Joe Baker
Apr 03, 2014 | 103 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An open topped frac tank filled with oilfield fluids burns out of control at a BHP Billiton location about two miles north of Helena Friday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident and emergency workers stood by while the blaze burned out on its own without any intervention from local fire departments standing by on the scene.
An open topped frac tank filled with oilfield fluids burns out of control at a BHP Billiton location about two miles north of Helena Friday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident and emergency workers stood by while the blaze burned out on its own without any intervention from local fire departments standing by on the scene.
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KARNES COUNTY – Emergency personnel were sent to the scene of a fire involving an open top frac tank at an oilfield facility managed by BHP Billion located about two miles north of Helena on Farm-to-Market Road 81.

The Karnes City and Kenedy Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the fire on Friday afternoon, March 28, at about 1 p.m. Sheriff’s department deputies and Karnes County EMS personnel were also sent to the scene.

At the request of BHP Billiton, the fire departments stayed on standby at a safe distance while the fire gradually burned itself out.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, Karnes City Fire Chief Charlie Malik said. There was some concern initially that a battery of about 12 tanks nearby at the site might have become involved in the fire.

Malik said the fluids in the tank that ignited were likely a mixture of crude oil, distillates and saltwater, which can be a highly flammable mixture that can be ignited with a single spark.

See video of the fire at mySouTex.com.
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