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Fuel tank caught fire at Weber County pump station

By Michael McFall

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jul 27 2014 12:22 pm • Last Updated Jul 27 2014 11:09 pm

Firefighters prevented a fuel tank fire in Weber County from exploding into a bigger disaster.

About 6:30 a.m. Saturday, a 1,200-gallon tank accidentally caught fire while it was at a pump station in unincorporated Weber County, near the Great Salt Lake. The flames threatened three other tanks, all containing more than 1,000 gallons, said Weber County Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson.

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"It was kind of spooky there for a little while, until we got our hose streams in place and were able to get enough water on those tanks to keep them cool," Thueson said.

While the pump station evacuated, about 30 firefighters from Ogden and Little Mountain, a nearby U.S. Air Force installation, contained the fire to the original fuel tank and were eventually able to put it out. They stayed on site for about two hours, until the fuel inside the tank had cooled down, the fire marshal said.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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