Santos storage tanks blaze still burning but under control say authorities

Santos storage tanks blaze still burning but under control say authorities

Sao Paulo: A day after it erupted, the fire at Ultracargo’s storage tank facility near the Port of Santos, continued to burn on Friday.

Experts estimated it could take up to four days to completely quell the blaze which sent huge black plumes of smoke into the air on Thursday. It caused the evacuation of the area and closure of a major highway which led to disruption in the city of Santos in Sao Paulo state, Brazil.

Even though it was still burning into a second day, the port fire authority said it was under control.

The fire started inside a depot holding diesel fuel and the flames spread to four storage tanks containing diesel and ethanol.

Fire crews were fighting the flames with water pumped from the harbor and with chilled foam.

Eighteen people were treated for injuries and one of them, a firefighter, was hospitalised, the Santos city government said.

Donal Scully

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