Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Man suffers burns from oil tank

School Road, Little Maplestead
15/05/2019 @ 10:13
Incident Number: 100464
In attendance: 1 x Halstead, 1 x Sible Hedingham

A man has suffered severe burns to his hands after an oil tank exploded in front of him. 

The homeowner was cutting up a steel oil tank, which he believed to be empty, when the angle grinder he was using created a spark which ignited a small amount of oil in the bottom of the tank. 

The tank then exploded into flames and caught the man's clothing alight.

Watch Manager Steve Byrne, Halstead Fire Station, said:

"Thankfully the man was able to quickly remove his overalls and therefore stop the fire catching to his body, although his hands and arms have suffered severe burns.

"As well as extinguishing the fire within the oil tanker with foam and dry powder we were able to give the casualty first aid and care for him until the Ambulance Service arrived.

"Our advice would be to always ensure that oil tanks are fully drained before cutting them up but, but to be extra safe use a specialist oil tank replacement company to recycle your old tank." 

The fire was extinguished by 11am.

The back of the house has suffered from some heat damage. 



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