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Tanker truck catches fire while filling up gas tanks

MONTICELLO, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Dozens of firefighters in Lawrence County were called out to the 1700 block of FE Sellers Highway around six Wednesday morning. Emergency responders rushed to the scene after a diesel truck caught fire at Duncan's Corner gas station.
 
"There's been few times in my career when I've pulled up and you know it kind of opens your eyes and you say it's time to go to work," says Monticello Fire Chief Lyle Berard. 

Berard says the fire started while a diesel driver was offloading fuel from his truck to gas tanks at the gas station. Nearby residents were forced to leave home.

 "There were evacuations of the residents in the area they were moved to a safe location," says Berard. 

Firefighters successfully shut off fuel sources from the truck and gas tanks. Thanks to lots of manpower, water and foam crews eventually tackled the destructive fire, which could have been much worse. 

"A dual threat is what it was, not only did you have the fuel tanker truck you also had the fuel tanks from the service station which are above ground," says Berard. 

We're told the truck driver broke his leg while jumping to safety. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 
 

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