Fire engulfs Puerto Rico fuel hub
Officials are investigating the cause of an explosion with the strength of an earthquake which triggered a massive fire at an oil refinery in Puerto Rico.
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#1 Nov 4, 2009
I was flying in to SJU and the fire from this area was enormous and intense. The plan had to approach the run way at an angle that the smoke and heat would not affect the plane and flight path. From the view I had inside the airplane, I could easily see that it covered an easy 8-10 city blocks, maybe even more. The height of the fire was at least 100 - 150 feet off the ground.
I don't think explaining it would properly note the massiveness of this inferno.
Four days later, it was televised that the massive fire had been put out and was safe to say it was neutralized. I then drove and stopped by the affected area and it looked like it was hit with every kind of military artillery you can think of.
The containers were demolished, ruined and the stench of charred land and metal was still lingering within the perimeter.
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