POSTED: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 3:24pm
Spilled gas led to the Pearce Petroleum Plant fire in Mineola, according to Wood County Fire Marshal Randy Selman.
The owner of the property spilled gas while he was fixing a riding lawn mower. When he tried to start the lawn mower, it backfired and ignited the gas. Flames quickly spread to the nearby building and set off a large explosion.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reports there is no fuel contamination beyond the property, including any water supplies.
Pearce Petroleum Plant is a total loss, according to Mineola authorities.
The fire has been completely extinguished. However, hazmat crews remain on the scene. Cleanup is expected to last through Monday and into Tuesday.
Mineola fire crews battled a fire Sunday night at 302 Johnson Street at the Pearce Petroleum Products plant.
Officials with the Mineola Fire Department say fuel tanks and part of a building burned, sending thick black smoke into the air that was visible for miles. The fire is under control, but crews are keeping an eye on hot spots.
Fire crews were called to the building around 7:45 Sunday night.
No injuries were reported in that fire.