Ex­plo­sion averted at burn­ing oil tank

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

A PO­TEN­TIAL ex­plo­sion was averted in Wex­ford town last week when a quick-act­ing neigh­bour alerted a cou­ple that their oil tank was smoul­der­ing with the fence be­side it on fire.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Wed­nes­day in a well-known area of the town and while the own­ers of the tank pre­ferred not to be iden­ti­fied they are anx­ious to warn other peo­ple about the po­ten­tial haz­ards of the cur­rent heat­wave.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per the woman who owns the tank ex­plained the cir­cum­stances lead­ing up to the fire, which, though quickly brought un­der con­trol, caused dam­age to the oil tank and ex­ten­sive dam­age to the fence be­hind it.

‘There was a glass bot­tle or jar in the nextdoor gar­den which caused a fire by our oil tank,’ she said.

‘Only for a neigh­bour spot­ted the smoke it would have more se­ri­ous,’ she added.

‘We were told it was only a cou­ple of min­utes from ex­plod­ing.’

The woman went on to com­ment that there would have been ‘dry grass and bits of sticks around tank’ but it was the mag­ni­fy­ing af­fect of the glass on the sun­light that caused the fire to be­gin with.

While the sit­u­a­tion was fright­en­ing the cou­ple were re­lieved that their neigh­bour spot­ted the smoke be­fore the sit­u­a­tion be­came much more se­ri­ous.

‘We would just like to warn peo­ple to check for glass around or near their tanks,’ she said.

She added that peo­ple are not used to the type of heat cur­rently be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced all over the coun­try and might not be aware of the po­ten­tial fire haz­ards that come with that.

The oil tank af­ter the fire was brought un­der con­trol. De­clan Roche sent us this photo of his two-year-old res­cue dog Bobby help­ing out in the gar­den – and not too happy with the in­tro­duc­tion of a hosepipe ban!

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