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Tank catches fire again at Port of Tampa

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If you think you've read this before, you have. It was just Thursday when Tampa Fire-rescue crews had to respond to the Port of Tampa, to the very same tank, at the same company, "Gulf Sulphur" to put out a fire.

People who live across the channel on Davis Islands are concerned. "I would like to think they would want to get their act together. I don't know all the particulars of what's going on but it seems like this repeat offence is something that needs to be looked at in a little bit more depth," said Lea Del Tosto.

On Thursday, wind conditions prompted emergency crews to warn people in the downtown area to stay inside because sulphur dioxide can affect breathing and make your eyes water.

Tuesday's port fire triggered a similar warning. "The wind direction is actually keeping it near the port. There's no immediate danger right now for any people that are in the downtown area," said Captain Lonnie Bennefield of Tampa Fire Rescue.

People who live nearby are ready for something to be done to prevent fires that spew fumes. "It just makes me worried. I've no idea why it's happening but I don't like it in my back yard," said Kristen Brand.

Tampa Fire Rescue ladder trucks and a fireboat sprayed a mist to dissipate smoke and smother the fire. More than two hours after the first alert, neighbors got the "all clear."

But that's not alleviating their worries. 

"I don't like it. I think that it's inexcusable to, twice in five days," said Lucy Durham.

It's too much for Tampa Fire Rescue. "For the most part, they're probably accidents. But at some point, we'll look and see if there's something that needs to be done extra to make sure that this kind of stuff doesn't happen again," said Captain Bennefield. 

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