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Crews fight fuel tank fire in Searsport

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
A firefighter adjusts the nozzle on the ladder truck hose as it sprays water into one of the huge storage tanks at the Irving Oil Terminal in Searsport late Monday afternoon, June 6, 2011. A fire broke out inside the tank during routine maintenance, according to Irving spokeswoman Carolyn VanDerveen. The tank was empty at the time.
By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

SEARSPORT, Maine — Fire crews from several towns are fighting a fire in a large heating oil tank at the Irving Oil Terminal at Mack Point.

The South Portland fire chief was reportedly traveling to the site to assist with the effort.

“During a routine maintenance upgrade, the rubber seal surrounding the internal floating roof caught fire,” said Carolyn VanDerveen, spokeswoman for Irving.

There was no fuel in the tank at the time, VanDerveen said. She also said the fire is contained in the tank.

“This tank is empty because it was scheduled for the upgrade,” VanDerveen said. “The other tanks on site are not at risk.”

Crews from Prospect, Bucksport, Searsport, Belfast, Morrill, Northport and Stockton Springs were at the scene. Waldo County emergency crews also were at the scene.

Puffs of smoke were reported over the fuel storage container.

It was unknown how much damage the fire caused or if anyone was injured.

“We’ve had a really solid safety record,” VanDerveen said.

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