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GasoLIne tanKer FIre VenTura Freeway


The collision of a sedan and gasoline tanker led to a spectacular


blaze on the Ventura Freeway near Glendale late in the evening on April 7, 2012, bringing the response of more than 150 firefighters from the LAFD as well as automatic aid from the Burbank, Glendale and Bob Hope Airport Fire Departments.


Firefighters arrived to find a semi-truck tanker with a twin tank trail-


er, carrying a capacity load of 9,000 gallons of gasoline, fully enveloped in fire. Despite the inferno and a long trail of flames, both drivers were able to flee their vehicles without injury. Firefighters labored for 70 minutes to fully extinguish the flames and


dike the flow of as much as 3,000 gallons of unburned gasoline, to prevent it from igniting or entering storm drains.


28 • June 2012


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