Fire sparks oil and diesel explosion

Firefighters battle oil and diesel explosion

CARALISE TRAYES
Last updated 10:11 19/02/2013
Silverdale explosion
Rikki Bloemsaat Photo
BIG BLAST: One person was taken to hospital after the explosion in Silverdale.

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A person was taken to hospital with burns after a shed used to store almost 3000 litres of oil and diesel caught fire and exploded in spectacular fashion last night.

More than 40 firefighters were called to the blaze at an abandoned lot in Silverdale, 25 minutes from Auckland city, about 5.15pm and were at the scene for six hours.

The fire, at a site on Manga Rd, started in a shed before soon moving on to neighbouring property.

One oil barrel exploded letting off a fireball just after firefighters arrived.

"There was no one inside at the time, but one person was taken to hospital with burns," Silverdale fire chief Vaughan Mackereth said.

The burning petrol and diesel required special extinguishing techniques and the presence of the Hazardous Materials Incident Command truck.

"We extinguished it with foam because fuel burns on top of water," Mackereth said.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known and a fire investigation team was inspecting the lot this morning.

Initial reports do not suggest arson.

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