LA CROSSE — An
explosion and fire in a storage silo at a western Wisconsin fuels
plant was extinguished Wednesday after firefighters prevented the
flames from spreading to other tanks.
The explosion in
the 50-foot silo at Midwest Fuels in La Crosse around 7 a.m. could
be felt for miles around, fire officials said.
were told to stay indoors while the fire burned, because of air
concerned about exposure in case the tank failed," said fire
Capt. Dan Skiles.
firefighters smothered the flames in the burning silo with a
blanket of foam.
sprayed water onto four other full tanks surrounded the burning
silo, which contained an unknown amount of diesel fuel and
asphalt, Skiles said.
also concerned that the blaze might spread to the Hydrite Chemical
Co. building next door, officials said.
a lot of chemicals there and some of them are highly
explosive," Skiles said.
One person was
injured and transported to a La Crosse hospital, fire officials
said. That person's condition was not immediately known.
La Crosse firefighters received training over the summer on
handling potentially explosive fires.