HOUSTON - An apparent electrical fire at an oil field engulfed a water tank Sunday which contained a mix of water and crude oil, the Atascocita Fire Department told KPRC2.
The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Atascocita Oil Field, located at the intersection of Will Clayton Parkway and Cold River Drive.
Crews from the Atascocita Fire Department and the Eastex Fire Department extinguished the fire. Thick black smoke could be seen for miles. One block of Will Clayton Parkway had to be closed to traffic because of smoke. The roadway reopened before 6 p.m. Sunday after the area was deemed safe for travel.
Fire officials said electrical wires above ground caught fire. Heavy wind knocked down the burning wires, allowing the fire to spread by ground to the tank, officials said.
The amount of crude oil in the tank was unknown Sunday, but oner of the property's owners said it was a small amount.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other tanks or vessels which contained oil.
The oil field is located on a grassy patch near Humble High School, across the street from a subdivision.
Officials said while heavy wind made putting out the fire a challenge, it also blew the flames away from homes.
No one was hurt.
Crews from Harris County Pollution Control were on scene to monitor the fire, and to test the field for possible pollutants.
Officials said homes and businesses in the area were not threatened by the fire.
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