July 23, 2007 in News
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Fuel truck explosion in northeast Spokane

The Spokane Fire Department have the upper hand on a massive fire in northeast Spokane. The fire started with a fuel container containing biodiesel about 5:30 p.m. at Whitley Fuel Co., 2733 N. Pittsburg. It spread to a truck with two tank trailers, each carrying 5,500 gallons of fuel, that had been parked at Whitley about two hours earlier, said Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams. There were numerous explosions as firefighters worked at a distance. Wind hampered the battle — some of it natural and some caused by the fire itself. In addition to Whitley Fuel, an attached business, Wheelchair Transport, was badly damaged by the fire, and impounded cars were destroyed at a nearby towing business. Williams said all employees are accounted for, and it appears no one was injured in the fire that forced a neighborhood evacuation for two blocks in each direction.

Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review

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