Firemen extinguish oil drums in Berclair area fire
by Gary Kent
Jul 14, 2011 | 1238 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nine members of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department raced over to Goliad County last Friday afternoon to assist in a grass fire that had spread and ignited barrels of some kind of petroleum product.

The call came in at 3:03 p.m. that day, saying that some oil barrels had caught fire on Hamman Oil and Refining property a couple of miles north of Berclair.

“We used AFFF to put them out,” said Assistant Fire Chief Bill Burris this week.

Fireman Kirk Delgado said the initials stand for “aqueous film-forming foam.”

“We use it to put out petroleum and alcohol fires,” Delgado said.

Burris said firemen were directed to a location where a rapidly spreading grass fire had reached a number of 55-gallon drums containing some kind of flammable liquid.

The assistant chief said the barrels were stacked up on top of each other but the fuel in them was not particularly volatile.

“There were no explosions,” he said, “but lots of fire.”

The Houston-based company had been storing the drums on property off Wilkerson Road north of Berclair.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at

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