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GAFB Fire Department responds to local fire

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- San Angelo fire dispatch called the Goodfellow Air Force Base Fire Alarm Communications Center Wednesday evening requesting mutual aid support for a crude oil tank fire near Tankersley, Texas, approximately 16.7 miles southwest of Goodfellow.

Goodfellow responded with an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle, a command vehicle staffed with a safety officer, Master Sgt. Al Medina, along with a P-18 Water Tender from the Goodfellow Air Force Base Fire Department. A total of nine military fire training instructors from the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy responded.

The fire was sparked by a lightning strike on the center tank of a group of seven. Two tanks were involved when local volunteer fire department units first arrived. Initially, they were able to contain the fire to these two tanks.

Responders from Goodfellow Air Force Base discharged water and foam to supplement the firefighting efforts. During the next three hours the fire was contained and extinguished; damage was limited to the loss of one tank containing 4,200 gallons of crude oil.

Goodfellow responders protected other exposed tanks, saving more than 21,000 gallons of crude oil with an estimated value of $25,000 dollars.