Fire damages Fort Bragg commercial garage
Published: Monday, June 11, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.
Fort Bragg police say potential catastrophe was averted by passersby who reported an early morning fire at a fuel truck garage and refueling station Monday.
There were flames about five feet away from a residential petroleum tanker truck in the garage, located behind several underground tanks and across the street from a 76 fuel facility with several tall silo-type storage units, police Lt. John Naulty said.
“That whole two-block radius is basically all fuel storage,” he said. “It could have been pretty serious.”
But several people reported the 2:57 a.m. blaze on North Franklin Street between East Elm and Spruce streets, police said.
Police officers were first to arrive and used extinguishers from their patrol cars to slow the spread of the flames while firefighters were en route, authorities said.
Investigators believe the blaze was ignited by oil rags left in a plastic bucket on a workbench inside the Walsh Oil truck garage on the property.
The bucket was against a wall of the structure, near a tanker truck parked inside, Naulty said.
Flames were climbing the wall when officers arrived, but the overall firefighting effort limited damage to about a 20-foot section of exterior wall and workshop materials stored inside, police said.
Had flames spread, “it would have been pretty serious,” Naulty said, “because the truck was in there, and then right next to it were a couple of their tanker trucks.”
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