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Hazmat crews worked 8 hours to contain tanker truck fire in Millvale

| Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, 8:04 a.m.

Millvale firefighters acted quickly to stop a tractor-trailer fire in Millvale from reaching the 9,000 gallons of gasoline it carried on Tuesday night.

The tractor-trailer was fully engulfed when firefighters were called to the vacant lot where the driver parked it about 8:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Evergreen Road, Millvale Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Jim Tunstall said.

Firefighters evacuated residents and began to deluge the truck with water, he said.

“If it would've exploded, it would have been a catastrophe,” Tunstall said.

Hazmat crews got the fuel leak under control by about 5 a.m., he said.

The truck driver said he first noticed trouble when smoke began pouring from the cab, so he pulled over, Tunstall said.

“Within a minute or two, the cab was on fire,” Tunstall said.

No one was hurt. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

“It was very fortunate,” Tunstall said. “Our guys reacted quickly and they did what they're trained to do.”

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or

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