Today in fire history: flammable liquid tank explosion kills one of the workers, one firefighter and injurers 16 other firefighters

Blog Post created by paulalevesque Employee on Nov 15, 2014

On November 15, 1984,
the Phoenix, Arizona Fire Department responded to a rescue call at a small petroleum bulk plant.  A worker, involved in a toluene tank cleaning operation, was overcome in the tank.  During rescue operations, that utilized a gasoline engine driven power saw, an explosion occurred resulting in the death of one fire fighter and injury to 16 other fire fighters.  The worker died of asphyxiation and inhalation of toluene vapors.

This incident emphasizes the need for recognition of both the flammability and toxic properties of hazardous materials at fire and rescue scenes and the application of appropriate procedures.

For the full NFPA Fire Investigation report  To learn about NFPA's statistical data on Fires Starting with Flammable Gas or Flammable or Combustible Liquid