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Materials plant reopens after oil tank fire

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Officials said two tanks with 7,000 gallons of motor oil caught fire at Vulcan Material Company. (Source: Northwest Fire District) Officials said two tanks with 7,000 gallons of motor oil caught fire at Vulcan Material Company. (Source: Northwest Fire District)
(Source: Northwest Fire District) (Source: Northwest Fire District)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A plant on the northwest side is getting back to business after an oil tank fire.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire at Vulcan Material Company, just off Avra Valley Road and west of Interstate 10.

In a statement released Tuesday, the company says, "Our aggregates business (rock and sand) has not been affected by this incident and will continue to operate as normal.  Our asphalt business will be down temporarily as we assess the cause of the fire and make repairs to the asphalt plant."

Firefighters sprayed foam over the burned areas Monday to suppress the vapors and keep the oil tanks cool.

Officials said two tanks with 7,000 gallons of motor oil caught fire. Heavy, black smoke filled the sky and could be seen from miles away. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to two more tanks filled with a thousand gallons of propane.        

They said that could have been disastrous. The big challenge they had was not having enough water, forcing them to dip into a well nearby.

At least four workers were here when the incident happened. No injuries were reported.

Vulcan Materials Company, West Region issued the following statement Monday in response to an incident at Marana Rock and Sand: 

[Monday, September 23, 2013] "Today, at approximately 2:35 p.m., Vulcan Materials Company, West Region, reported a fire at its Marana Rock and Sand facility.  The occurrence took place at 10100 West Avra Valley Road, Marana, Arizona. 

We are grateful to Northwest Fire Department for quickly responding.  

We are working closely with authorities to gather information concerning the incident and to ensure a thorough investigation. 

Vulcan is committed to protecting the community and the environment, and the health and safety of our employees. 

We have released all the confirmed information we have at this time."

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