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Texans Help Snuff Out Denver Airport Fire

November 28, 1990|Associated Press

DENVER — A huge jet fuel fire that burned unchecked for two days near Stapleton International Airport was extinguished Tuesday with help from a team of specialists flown in from Texas.

A five-man team from Williams, Boots & Coots of Port Neches, Tex., donned fireproof suits, intending to seal broken valves on an 800,000-gallon storage tank that was about half full of jet fuel and a tank that held 350,000 gallons of fuel. The tanks had been on fire since Monday, ignited by two other tanks that caught fire Sunday.

Firefighters trained several water and foam sprays on the two tanks that were still burning to cool them down so the team could move close enough to spray the leaking valves with potassium bicarbonate. But a Fire Department spokesman said the blasts of foam and water worked better than expected and extinguished the flames.

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