© 2001 CAER.
For a sense of scale, note the fire truck on the road in front of the fire.
here for 539K, 7 second AVI video clip.
The tank, seen here before the fire, is 140 feet in diameter with a
The lightning strike which caused the damage is captured here on a video
tape image taken by Const. T. Cox of the Ontario Provincial Police.
The lightning strike caused an explosion which blew part of the floating
roof out of the tank.
The 140 foot diameter tank provided sufficient surface area for the
production of flames reaching 200 - 250 feet in height.
Fighting The Fire
Fighting this fire required vast resources in terms of people, apparatus,
water and foam.
No one company has the resources to deal with an event of this magnitude.
Without an effective mutual aid organization like CVECO, success would not
have been possible.