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Tennessee oil tank blast and fire injures three

19 November 2013

Three people were injured at the Southern Energy facility at Shelbyville, Tennessee, on November 18, when a number of oil tanks at the site exploded, according to the Shelbyville Fire authority. All businesses and homes within a half-mile radius were evacuated due to the risk of more explosions including a school, animal shelter and workhouse for jail inmates.

Southern Energy owner Gary King said the facility had recently switched to producing and distributing biofuels.

As of June 2012, documents showed the owner told the city the facility had 11 storage tanks. Eight were for different types of cooking oil, two were for contaminated water, while another was a 6,000 tank for leftover diesel fuel. 

The company provides oil and other supplies to gas stations in the area, but the explosion happened at an office building.

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