Tanker crashes, catches fire in Hillborough

5:44 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida-- Officials say cutting a hole in the outer shell of the tanker allowed them to determine that insulation between the inner and outer shells was on fire. 

The fire may have started because of electrical wiring, but officials say it did not cause any danger to the surrounding areas. 

They extinguished the fire and returned the tanker back over to the driver. 

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Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is currently at the scene of tanker fire near Port Sutton Rd. and S 50th St.

The driver of the tanker told officials the tank is used mainly to transport sulfur and fertilizer, but that it was empty at the time of the crash. However, reports say it appears components had a reaction to each other and caused the smoldering fire.

Hazmat and Heavy Rescue 11 are also on scene to assist with the fire. 

In the meantime, traffic is being redirected away from the scene, causing the closure of north and south bound lanes of HWY 41 between Port Sutton Road and Madison Ave. They say the road will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time. 



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