Photos of massive plume from fire still burning at Port of Tampa — “They just added a 3rd ladder… it’s not getting put out” — Officials: No health concerns “right now” (VIDEOS)

Published: February 18th, 2013 at 3:29 pm ET
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ABC Action News, 2:22p ET: Hillsborough Country Fire Rescue battled a two-alarm fire at a metal recycling plant in the Port Sutton area for much of Monday morning and into the afternoon. “It sounded like rapid gunshots going off. Then all of a sudden the flames started shooting up,” said Marcus Tenneson. Smoke from the blaze could be seen as far away as St. Petersburg. [...]

FOX 13 Transcript Excerpt, 12:00p ET: “Well it is still burning. As you can see behind me the smoke is very heavy. In fact they just added in a third ladder to try and put those flames out [...] They’re seeing it’s not getting put out. So that’s why they brought the extra ladder in they have the extra man power. Hopefully They’ll get it under control soon.”

FOX 13 Tampa Bay, 12:02p ET: [...] The black smoke could be seen all over the Bay area – even across in Pinellas County. “Around 3:15 it was like fireworks, like 4th of July fireworks grand finale,” said witness Chris McConnell. As afternoon approaches, the fire was still smoldering and sending smoke into the air. HAZMAT crews were called as well. Officials say there were tanks of anhydrous ammonia and calcium nitrate nearby, as well as a tank of diesel.

WTSP, 2:26p ET: Crews are making progress in the hours-long fight against a massive fire at a recycling plant near Port Sutton Road at the Port of Tampa. [...] The core of the fire is still burning and will be for hours, although firefighters say they do not think it will spread beyond the piles of metal that are burning right now. [...] We just talked with the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County. They say there are no health concerns right now with the smoke from this fire.

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10 comments to Photos of massive plume from fire still burning at Port of Tampa — “They just added a 3rd ladder… it’s not getting put out” — Officials: No health concerns “right now” (VIDEOS)

  • markww markww

    I have fought these kinds of fires before. There is allot of magnesium in there besides just steel. There could be more too but it is basically smoldering and they will tear the pile apart. After it is torn up they will just douse the rest of the underlying materials and it will be out. Then the investigation and what happened. With the economy problems who know what started the fire. but Arson will figure it out with the first in battalion chiefs captains and others.

    Markww


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    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      Me too,probably need a combination of PKP,sand & C02/dry chemical combo for this one as water tends to feed oxygen to magnesium & similar alloys?! I suspect the presence of magnesium,etc. alloys and mfg. waste aluminum shavings from forgings milled for various products and anhydrous ammonia,nitrates and diesel fuel make the tensions run a bit higher since ammonium nitrate,aluminum powder and diesel fuel-which was the explosive alleged to have been utilized by the Oklahoma City Alfred E. Murray Bldg. bombing and ammonium nitrate fertilizer,aluminum powder used to repair radiator leaks and nitromethane above 35% concentrations as used in fuel for RC airplanes,cars,etc. & also for nitro fuel dragsters when mixed properly in specific quantities & conditions equals "Syntex",a plastic explosive substitute for military-grade C-4 plasique explosives with a velocity & cutting power very similar to the 18,000 fps C-4 provides compared to 13,000+ for homebrew Syntex and proves yet another foolish industrial practice & potentially catastrophic event just a matter of time when the components for a bomb exist in too close for comfort proximity to one another!!(?) Everywhere we look these days NEW long-standing)threats have been noticed by "us" more & more and continue to raise concern for the safety of our loved ones and property,etc. and deservedly so!…strange days indeed!(?)……~ :| ~**


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      • markww markww

        water and also foam was used. CO-2 could have been used but it is close in type of additive puts people fighting the fire. Water still knocks it down and the foam.Wat is astounding is a company let the pile get to be like a mountain,did not treat and sell back to a company to put that metal back into ingots.
        markww


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    When I drove truck I've had to pick up loads from metal recycling yards. Tons of tiny little bits of loose metal everywhere, the unsorted scrap has lots of oils and dirt on them. Piles of sorted non-metals like plastics and rubber. It's not hard to imagine one of these places going up in flames. Plus with the oxidized metals all over the place the fire would feed itself and burn hot.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Seems like a lot of things are catching fire I wonder if it has anything to do with the increase in Methane as I'm sure this is one of the reasons we are seeing massive animal die offs. This ever changing world in which we live in…..


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  • markww markww

    The bee die offs and birds was a government experiment of a new poison. As for the bees a whistle blower says Monsanto making their own super bees

    Markww


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