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Fire engulfs fire engine

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This image and the accompanying video show a dramatic fire that "outran the sprinklers" at a chemical plant in Waxahachie, Texas.

The fire at the Magnablend Plant started when chemicals that were being mixed caught fire, officials said.

Witnesses reported hearing repeated explosions from the plant, which is about 70 kms from Fort Worth.

The building where the fire started had sprinklers, "but the fire outran the sprinklers," Waxahachie Fire Chief David Hudgins said.

Firefighters from Waxahachie and surrounding cities, including DeSoto, Red Oak, Ennis and Midlothian, fought the blaze.

"We were the fifth company to arrive, and the flames were shooting 150 to 200 feet in the air," Red Oak firefighter Brandon Nichols said.

Early in the firefighting, a tank released a flood of some kind of flammable liquid that spread flames faster, Hudgins said.

About two hours after they began fighting the fire, Hudgins said he thought they were getting it under control."Then there was another release of liquid," he said.The flames spread so fast that they ran under and engulfed an Ennis firetruck before it could be moved.

Those flames also threatened several nearby railcar tankers where chemicals were stored, Hudgins said.

Two Magnablend employees sustained minor injuries but no firefighters were hurt in the incident.

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