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History of Rooftop Fire Protection Tanks

April 1, 2015

Tacoa Remembered

Tacoa Remembered

A lost friend is recalled on the anniversary of the worst boilover disaster on record.

January 1, 2013

Greensboro, North Carolina: June 13, 2010
Plainville, Kansas: April 1, 2010
Tacoa, Venezuela: Dec. 19, 1982

Tacoa, Venezuela: Dec. 19, 1982

A large crowd of power plant workers and local residents gathered to watch a burning crude oil storage tank. Had the observers better understood a devastating phenomenon known as boilover, the eruption of steam and hot oil that followed would not have claimed more than 150 lives.

May 1, 2009

Norco, Louisiana: June 7, 2001

Norco, Louisiana: June 7, 2001

Years of preaching and preparation about dealing with jumbo large-diameter storage tank fires was put to the near ultimate test on June 7, 2001 just outside of New Orleans. Nobody looks forward to an event like this, but for Dwight Williams and Williams Fire & Hazard Control, the fire was a long-awaited opportunity.

August 1, 2001

Milford Haven, U.K.: Aug. 30, 1983

Milford Haven, U.K.: Aug. 30, 1983

A burning crude oil storage tank not extinguished quickly enough is like stoking a volcano. Crude contains water that settles to the bottom of the tank. A surface fire slowly heats the oil until the thermal wave reaches that water. The result is instant steam that pushes the heated, burning crude up and out of the tank.

July 1, 2001

Mexico City: Nov. 19, 1984

Mexico City: Nov. 19, 1984

Where possible, investigators must arrive at a consensus that eliminates any chance of the same catastrophe happening again. That did not happen at San Juan Ixhuatepec.

April 1, 2001

Sealy, Texas: July 24, 2000