A huge fire destroyed one of the biggest oil refineries on the United States East Coast and was still raging out of control on Monday (18 August) 24 hours after it had started.
AV fire in refinery
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Flame in tanks (3 shots)
AV & GV Fire fighters with hoses (6 shots)
GV Fire burning
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Background: A huge fire destroyed one of the biggest oil refineries on the United States East Coast and was still raging out of control on Monday (18 August) 24 hours after it had started.
Oil men described the blaze at the Gulf Corporation's plant on the Delaware River in Philadelphia as the worst in industry's history. Three firemen have been killed, three more were missing and at least 17 people injured.
Flames shot hundreds of feet (metres) into the air and thick black smoke blanketed most of Philadelphia's southern suburbs as the fire gutted the Gulf complex. This included the administration in building and several million dollars' worth of computers.
The blaze began on Sunday (17 August) while a tanker was unloading at the refinery dock. Two hours later firemen said it was under control....but an explosion ripped through the plant as they directed hoses on smouldering debris. The fire then got out of control.
Firemen were continuing to battle against the flames late on Monday...and were spraying a nearby highway bridge with foam and water to stop its steel girders buckling in the intense heat.
The fire is the worst in Philadelphia's history.