Oil Tank Fire in White Oak

Tense moments in Gregg county today, as an oil storage tank catches fire with a work crew inside.

Just after 10:30 Saturday morning fire and rescue units converged on the plains oil storage facility on Highway 42 near White Oak.

Six workers had been cleaning an empty tank when something went wrong.

Something sparked and the tank caught fire with the workers trapped. The workers were quickly evacuated, and treated at the scene.  One was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Fire crews think either vapors or oil residue sparked. The tank began to buckle from the intensity of the flames inside.

Fortunately there were no serious injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.