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Ten-Ton Asphalt Container Catches Fire

Wed, 11/03/2010 - 4:45am

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Northwest Fire District crews responded to a fire at a Tucson-area cement plantTuesday involving a ten-ton container of asphalt.

Northwest Fire spokeswoman Katy Heiden tells The Associated Press the asphalt was in the process of being mixed when a hole developed in the container and some of the leaking asphalt ignited.

The scene was especially hazardous because of many large tanks with flammable materials nearby. A large fire department response was sent and crews safely extinguished the fire.

Only one plant worker received minor injuries.

The plant is located on the 6600 block of North Casa Grande Highway, south of Ina Road north of Tucson.

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