Casper, WY Oil Tanks Blaze, June 1921

Tanks On Fire Oil Tank Blaze

OIL SET AFIRE BY LIGHTNING.

SEVERAL LARGE TANKS BURNING AT CASPER; ONE MAN IS INJURED.

Casper, Wyo., June 18. -- Several large tanks containing about 445,000 barrels of crude and fuel oil were burning here this afternoon after being struck by lightning. The fire is centered in the Midwest Refining company's tank farm.
Chemicals were used in an effort to extinguish the fire, but without success. The city was darkened by billows of smoke which spread over it. Officials would not venture a guess as to when the fire would be brought under control.
The blaze continued under a downpour of rain which approached a cloudburst. Destruction of the tanks and oils, unless the fire is controlled, will aggregate more than half a million dollars, company officials said. More than one thousand men were rushed to the scene to protect other tanks.
One injured man was taken to the hospital.

Ogden Standard-Examiner Utah 1921-06-18