Jun 15, 2014 5:26 PM by Press Release
At 2:45 am Centerville and Franklin Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported oil tank fire at the Hilcorp Facility, Exxon Lane just off Hwy 317 in Centerville. First arriving units reported a major tank fire and requested a second alarm bringing additional units from Patterson Fire Department, Chitimacha Fire Protection District, and St. Mary Parish Fire District 11. At the height of the fire, there were 11 firefighting units and 30 firefighter's on-scene.
Centerville Asst. Chief Alan Pillaro states that due to the remoteness, additional units were necessary for water supply and firefighting foam. It took a while to get all the resources on-site to start the extinguishment. This delay gave the time for the oil in the tank to heat up hindering the extinguishment operations. The incident required over 30,000 gallons of water and 350 gallons of firefighting foam to finally extinguish. The fire was brought under control at 5:07 am. Units remained on scene until 7:00 am monitoring the scene.
Investigation revealed that personnel were cleaning out a pipe line and the by-products of the cleaning process were being transferred into portable storage tanks. As personnel attempted to start a pump, vapors from the open top storage tank were ignited resulting in a flash fire that eventually consumed the portable tank and the pumping trailer. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from damaging three other storage tanks that were nearby. The damage is estimated at $100,000.00.
There were no injuries. LA DEQ and LA State Police HazMat were notified and there was no environmental damage reported. Acadian Ambulance provided a stand-by unit for the duration of the incident.
For additional information, contact the Franklin Fire Department at 337-828-6328.