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Damage estimated at $250,000 in oil tank fire

Damage estimated at $250,000 in oil tank fire

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VERNAL, Utah (AP) -- The Uintah County sheriff's department says the fire that destroyed three oil tanks in a remote area did about $250,000 in damage.

Lt. John Laursen says the three tanks, each capable of holding about 500 barrels of oil, were fully engulfed Tuesday when firefighters arrived at the Dirty Devil Waste Disposal site, about 40 miles south of Vernal. The fire burned so hot the tops of the tanks blew off.

The fire was put out by evening but a few firefighters spent the night to make sure it didn't flare up.

No cause has been determined yet, but Laursen says static electricity may have set it off.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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