Tank battery complex destroyed in fire near Fort Stockton

No one was hurt or injured in Tuesday’s fire at a tank battery complex site eight miles east of Fort Stockton, just south of mile marker 266.

All six Fort Stockton Volunteer Fire Department fire trucks responded to a call at 1:32 p.m. on April 20 after multiple workers in the area witnessed the fire start.

Fort Stockton Fire Department Chief Jessie Dominguez noted the cause of the fire was unknown as workers did not have a visual on the tank at the time the fire started.

“There were people working at the complex. They were there working cleanup on some other tanks so that’s why they don’t know either why it caught on fire,” Dominguez said.

Firefighters had the fire put out by 6:20 p.m. after the complex, which stores crude oil, was completely burned to the ground.

“We had to wait until it kind of died before we put the fire out. We had to sit there for a while,” Dominguez added.

Despite wind guests reaching up to 30-35 miles per hour and a burn ban being in place due to the drought in the area, the fire did not spread to the surrounding brush around the tank battery complex.

The site was the property of Gordy’s Oil Company – a complex that located on private land.

Dominguez said the fire was the first at an oil production or storage location in approximately a year.

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