Ennis Daily News

Lawnmower blamed in Texas petroleum company fire

MINEOLA, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a lawnmower and spilled fuel have been blamed for a fire that destroyed much of an East Texas petroleum company.

Hazardous materials crews were spending Tuesday at Pearce Petroleum Products in Mineola (min-ee-OH’-luh) for cleanup and removal of contaminated soil.

Wood County Fire Marshal Randy Selman says an employee was replacing the fuel filter and line on a riding lawnmower Sunday night. Selman says some gasoline had spilled.

The worker was using ether to help start the mower when the engine backfired and the spilled fuel caught fire. The tank on a fuel delivery truck also ruptured and spilled.

Fire department crews put out the blaze in about an hour. Nobody was hurt.

Mineola is about 75 miles east of Dallas.

Post to Twitter



Posted by on Mar 13 2012. Filed under Off-the-wire, State news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

Featured Links

    Search Archive

    Search by Date
    Search by Category
    Search with Google
    Log in


    Copyright: All rights reserved. Users may download and print extracts of content from this website for their own personal and non-commercial use only. Republication or redistribution of Ennis Daily News content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Ennis Daily News. Ennis Daily News and its logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Ellis County Newspapers, Inc.

    © Ellis County Newspapers, Inc. 2014