Kansas City Star, Dec. 24, 2008

Chemical tank catches fire

Firefighters kept a two-alarm blaze in a chemical tank from spreading to an attached manufacturing plant tonight in Kansas City.
A roughly five-story tank containing a petroleum-based flammable liquid caught fire about 5:15 p.m. at the Bayer CropScience plant, 8400 Hawthorne Road, Fire Battalion Chief Joe Vitale said.
Vitale said the tank’s capacity was about 4,000 gallons but that, fortunately, it was nowhere near full at the time of the fire.
A private, on-site fire brigade started applying foam to the fire until Kansas City firefighters reached the scene, Vitale said. Southern Platte Fire Protection District crews also responded.
After ensuring all hazardous runoff was contained, firefighters placed the blaze under control shortly after 6 p.m.
Firefighters called a second alarm because of potential for the fire to spread, Vitale said. He said about 50 firefighters were at the scene.

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