Engen fire finally out

2007-11-23 00:00

A statement released by Engen yesterday confirmed that the fire, which began at 7 pm on Monday night when a lightning bolt hit a large storage tank containing 7,5 million litres of petrol, was extinguished at 4.30 am yesterday morning.

The all clear was given after 58 hours and five attempts to extinguish the fire using a combination of water and foam.

Engen spokesman Herb Payne said a root cause investigation will be conducted to confirm the cause of the fire.

Engen is also appealing to anyone who either took photographs of or saw the lightning strike that is believed to have caused the fire to contact them.

Engen refinery general manager Willem Oosthuizen said the tank will be demolished and the foundations will have to be rebuilt due to the extensive damage wrought by the fire.

Yesterday, thick smoke emanating from the still smouldering fire drifted towards the ground.

Independently monitored air samples have been forwarded to a toxicologist to determine any potential health impacts.

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