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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Fire and rescue crews spent Monday afternoon and evening monitoring a Marathon oil storage facility in Roanoke County after an employee noticed a spark inside a fuel tank.
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Jennifer Conley Sexton said crews remained at the facility, in the 5200 block of Terminal Road, deep into Monday night. Along with the Roanoke Fire-EMS hazardous materials team, the emergency personnel worked to alleviate concerns about static electricity building up inside the fuel tank.
The crews were on scene by 2:45 p.m., and evacuated some buildings in the vicinity of the facility, which sits just off Starkey Road.
As of 9 p.m., she said crews had set up a command post Monday night and were looking for ways to mitigate the risk of moving fuel from the tank into another tank. She said Marathon Petroleum Corporation workers were implementing a plan that will "bond and ground" the fuel tank to eliminate any static electricity and prevent a fire.
She said once that process is completed, the company can perform an inspection of the tank and return to normal operation.
As of Monday evening, the incident ha d not affected scheduling for Country Bear Day School in the 5200 block of Starkey Road, which is about 400 feet from the Marathon facility.
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