Emergencies demand an immediate, rapid response. Whether it’s after business hours or Friday before a holiday, it’s important to deliver clients a response as fast as possible.
At around 2 PM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, a fire broke out at a liquid storage facility in Crocket, CA, causing two storage tanks housing 250,000 gallons of ethanol to explode. The resulting inferno sent thick plumes of black smoke into the air that could be seen across the Bay Area, closing nearby Interstate 80, and necessitating surrounding communities to shelter in place. Top concerns included:
- Hazardous air quality
- Fire risk to adjacent storage tanks
After hours of working to gain control of the situation, the fire reignited at around 7 PM. Intense flames went up against the surrounding tanks housing jet fuel. The infrastructure connecting all the tanks was now damaged and spilled fuel posed a risk of reigniting the fire. It was imperative that cleanup and containment efforts begin as quickly and safely as possible. At 7 PM the company called Ironclad Environmental Solutions requesting containment tanks.
Meeting the Challenges
Within hours, Ironclad delivered two 21,000-gallon closed-top tanks with containment berms to successfully contain the hazardous liquids and minimize the risk of fire spreading. Because cleanup had to begin immediately, Ironclad also provided the company with:
- An additional ten 21,000-gallon closed top tanks with containment berms
- Two more tanks and berms to store contamination resulting from the fire-retardant foam
Not only did Ironclad Environmental Solutions have the inventory readily available, but we also delivered in less than 24 hours and offered continued support throughout the massive cleanup, enabling the company to focus on high-priority disaster relief plans.
Our successful partnership with the company helped mitigate the disaster from escalating and gave them the rapid response they needed. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the company has since resumed operations.