Steuart Petroleum Fire- January 2nd-6th, 1993


On January 2nd, 1993, units from the Jacksonville fire and Rescue Department were dispatched to the Steuart Petroleum Plant for a report of a tank on fire.

Firefighters arrived on scene to the facility shortly after 3:00am to find heavy fire coming from Tank 22. The tank had an internal roof, which had collapsed into the tank. Product from this tank had overflowed, ignited, and was impinging on neighboring Tanks 21 and 23. The fire outside of the tank covered nearly one acre and exposed above ground pipelines and manifolds.

Over the course of the next six days, Jacksonville Firefighters would attempt to extinguish this tank farm fire several ways. Finally, on January 6th, a final foam attack was made on the tank. The tank was extinguished within an hour, making history in the process as the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department became the only fire department to ever extinguish a fire in this type of tank. After extinguishment, firefighters continued precautionary foaming of the tank every 15 minutes for an additional two days.

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