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Oil tanker catches fire near Doral; flames spread to other trucks

Fire burns at E.M.C. Used Oil Corp.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – An oil tanker truck caught fire Wednesday morning near Doral.

A view from Sky 10 showed the truck burning out of control at E.M.C. Used Oil Corp. on Northwest 68th Street.

The fire quickly spread to other trucks.

“When our units arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke billowing from the back of the yard,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Kirsten Miller said.

Firefighters could be seen battling the blaze from multiple angles, using ladder trucks and a foam truck to douse the flames.

A series of explosions made the scene a particularly dangerous one.

“We had multiple explosions during the firefighting, which made us have to attack to fire from a little bit further back,” Miller said.

Firefighters used tools outside of the typical ladder trucks to battle the blaze.

“We used one of our foam units -- a specialized unit stationed at the airport that’s made to put out these types of fires with petroleum product,” Miller said.

Miller said these fires are particularly challenging to put out because of the intensity of the product that’s burning.

“We have to be very careful to protect both the citizens and our employees,” she said.

Firefighters were eventually able to extinguish the flames.

Nobody was injured.


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