Fatal Florida Tanker Fire

Pasco County Fire Rescue Station 27 personnel, standing in front of their station in San Antonio, heard an explosion and saw a large column from the front of their station at 1417 hours on February 5, 2004.


Pasco County Fire Rescue Station 27 personnel, standing in front of their station in San Antonio, heard an explosion and saw a large column from the front of their station at 1417 hours on February 5, 2004. Capt. John Himmel, expecting the worst, called for a full structure assignment as he responded toward the column.

Less than a mile from the station, Engine 27 found a semi tanker, loaded with an undetermined flammable liquid, engulfed in flames. A Waste Management truck had collided with the semi, but was not involved in the fire.

Flames were spreading toward a subdivision and affecting high power utility lines immediately above the engulfed tanker. Sheriff