Lincoln Petroleum Warehouse Goes Up In Flames

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Several fire crews are on the scene of a fire at Sapp Bros Petroleum Warehouse at 5901 Cornhusker Highway.

Just after 4 a.m. Friday, Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a fire inside a Sapp Bros warehouse.

Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Tim Linke says employees arrived to find smoke throughout the building and sprinklers activated inside the warehouse.

Linke says crews are being very cautious because there are many hazardous materials stored in the structure. Racing fuel, methane, lubricants and other chemicals are stored inside.

The fire is believed to have started in the engine compartment of a vehicle parked inside. The fire was isolated to a small portion of the warehouse because of the activation of the sprinkler system.

Linke said there is a trap designed to capture any spilled fluids but the water from the sprinklers filled the traps. Consequently, some of those hazardous fluids overflowed and spilled outside. Linke said the spills have been contained and the Health Department has been contacted about removing the hazardous fluids.

Cornhusker Highway was closed for about 45 minutes in the eastbound lanes, until fire equipment could be moved from the street.

Damages reported include the vehicle involved due to fire and many areas of the warehouse due to smoke and water damage.

Fire Inspectors are at the scene to determine what started the fire.

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