GULFPORT -- A truck driver alerted authorities Sunday to fire erupting from a 20,000-gallon tank at Blacklidge Emulsions on Reichold Road that resulted in no injuries or harm to the community, Gulfport Fire District Chief Billy Kelley said.
"Of course, this is a plant with several of these tanks next to each other," Kelley said. "It could've been bad. The plant was closed and no one was in danger."
The tank contained product related to the asphalt demulsification process, and the end product is used in paving products, Kelley said.
Gulfport firefighters got to the scene four minutes after the initial call at 8:49 a.m. Initially, firefighters sprayed a steady stream of water at the base of the tank to cool it down, then applied a high-expansion foam over the fire to put it out. They also cut off the gas supply to the tank.
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Nothing spilled from the tank, Kelley said, and there was no threat to the environment.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The plant, at 11030 Reichold Road, near the Lorraine Road intersection, was closed at the time of the fire, and no employees were there.
Gulfport firefighters dispatched seven units and 17 firefighters to the scene.