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Crude oil tank blaze destroys two storage units

© Courtesy: Lance Chancellor © Courtesy: Lance Chancellor

HEBRON, MS. (WDAM) - Fire officials in Jones County learned just before four AM Thursday morning that a blaze was reported at a crude oil tank farm in the Hebron community.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found two oil and salt water storage tanks burning. Five remaining tanks at the facility were either damaged or threatened by the flames.

The location where the fire broke out is owned by the Tellus Operating Group. That is a company based just outside of Jackson. No one was injured in the fire and officials report that it happened in an isolated area with no nearby homes. However, one fire truck that responded to the scene did suffer minor damage.

Officials said it took them four hours to extinguish the fire. An investigation into it's cause will be conducted by both Tellus and the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board. Sam Rhodes is a Production Manager with the Tellus Operating Group.

Rhodes said, "The fire was contained to what we call a fire wall. All the fluids were contained within that fire wall. And we'll be doing further investigation today to see what exactly the cause was."

Volunteer fire departments from throughout Jones County responded to the fire. Officials said they should know by next week what caused the blaze.

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