Gas tank catches fire at Russellville gas station

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fire at a fuel transfer station in Russellville that took firefighters from five departments about 45 minutes to contain.

Russellville Fire Chief Joe Mansell said firefighters used foam Thursday to keep other large aboveground fuel tanks from igniting.

Authorities said the fire started around 11:30 a.m., minutes after a fuel truck filled up and left the facility.

Webb Oil Co. owns the station, which is behind a Parade Convenience store.

Firefighters said a spark or exhaust could have ignited the fuel fumes.

Mansell said one of the six large aboveground tanks was damaged by the fire's heat, but did not rupture.

Information from: TimesDaily,

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