Fire

Oil refinery inferno: first response: at time of writing fire crews were resuming their efforts to put out the massive Buncefield oil depot fires, which have now been burning for more than 48 hours.(Round-Up)

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Firefighters were working through the night at Buncefield oil depot near Hemel Hempstead, Herts, after confirming that a volatile tank contained aviation fuel.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said "cooling patrols" were taking piece again at the site, although teams were unlikely to resume their efforts to extinguish the fire until the morning.

Hertfordshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Robert Beckley said the blaze could be out in the very near future. "It's hard to be definite on this but speaking to my colleagues in the fire service, one or two would stake their salaries that it could potentially be out by lunchtime, but I wouldn't want to hold them to that. …

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