Fire reported, contained at Port of Tampa

6:36 PM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Fire Rescue crews are at the scene of a fire at the Port of Tampa Tuesday evening.

Tampa Police say because of the wind direction, the fumes are not a threat to downtown residents at this time. However, residents should use caution as the winds could change, and the fumes could cause eye and skin irritation.

Reports say the fire has been contained. 

In later reports, the Tampa Port Authority confirmed the fire at Gulf Sulphur involved the same tank that had a small fire, and subsequent sulfur dioxide gas leak, the week before. That leak prompted a warning from officials to locals, advising them to stay indoors to avoid harmful effects from the air.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to sulfur dioxide can result in an array of adverse respiratory effects.

Click here for the EPA's full explanation on exposure to sulfur dioxide 

10 News will continue with updates as they become available. 

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