A persistent fire at the Port of Tampa had fire crews on the scene twice in the same week. On Thursday, August 8, a small fire inside a sulphur storage unit produced a cloud that prompted local oficials to reccomend nearby citizens take shelter. Just five days later, the fire sprang back to life.
The earlier fire has been atributed to maintenence crews who were preforming routine checks on the system. The tank in question stores solid sulphur which must be kept warm by heated coils. While the specific cause of the twin blazes is yet unidentified, the fire is now under control and it has been determined that no harmful gasses remain in the air.
As nutrient reduction and chemical and fertilizer related fires and explosions continue to make headlines, these difficulties strengthen the case of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) who joins the president in calling for tighter regulations on fertilizer movements, storage and use.
The second fire took crews roughly 2 hours to extinguish and, thanks to favorable winds, no injuries or damage have been reported.