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Flames Spread Through Tank Farm at Chinese Biofuel Plant

Bio-diesel and formaldehyde reported to be burning.

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Biofuel Tank Fire Kills 1, Injures 2 in Argentina

Neighbors reported hearing at least six explosions during the fire.

Fire Threatens Coal Tar Tank in Pennsylvania

A small fire spread to a 10,000-gallon storage tank holding flammable product Tuesday morning at a chemical plant in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania.

How to Deal with Uncontrolled Pressure Fires

Pressure fires fed by piping leaks can aggravate storage tank fires.

The Art of Making Foam

Foam chemistry is a delicate balancing act. A large component of this year’s Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training conducted at Brayton Fire Training Field involved acquainting industrial firefighters with the conflicting factors that make new fire foams difficult to develop.

How Floating Roof Storage Tanks Work

An internal floating roof's purpose is to create a seal between the tank and the atmosphere. Sealing a tank leaves no gap through which to distribute foam. Foam can be pumped in through a manhole.

Fire Compliance for Storage Tanks

Tank-to-tank fire spread occurs from spreading ground-level liquid fires or radiant heat transfer.

What Causes Storage Tanks to Collapse?

An oil tank could be working just fine. However, if it’s struck by lightning, a catastrophe could be imminent, particularly if the tank has not been grounded.

Fire School Instructors Join Crew That Extinguished Terminal Blaze

Team IRIS firefighters often apply their talents to emergencies in foreign locales such as Kuwait and Angola. On March 20, the Intercontinental Terminals fire in Deer Park, Texas gave them the opportunity to do some of their best work on American soil.

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Dwight Williams Is Back in the Saddle Again

Rumors regarding the retirement of Dwight Williams, one of the leading figures in large-volume flammable liquid storage firefighting, have been greatly exaggerated if the March 20 extinguishment of the massive Intercontinental Terminals Co. fire in Deer Park, Texas, is any indication.