The National Weather Service reports that satellites detected a hot spot on May 13 in Marshfield, Missouri, where approximately 10,000 small propane tanks caught fire.
FIRE SEEN FROM SPACE: Up to 10,000 small propane tanks caught fire at a propane gas facility in Marshfield, Missouri on Thursday — and caused a fire so big a satellite detected it from space. The satellite is usually used to detect wildfires and controlled burns. pic.twitter.com/Aj5fIqsjOl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 15, 2021
Marshfield Police Chief Doug Fannen reported that one person suffered burns to their hand and face due to the fire.
According to Michael Taylor, the fire chief for the Marshfield Protection District, the fire was unlike any he had seen during his 31-year tenure as a firefighter. “This was an intense fire. Very, very hot, very, very intense,” Taylor said. “Multiple tanks per minute going off and becoming airborne.”
Several fire departments were involved in putting the massive fire out, with Taylor calling it a “community effort.”
Satellite detected a hot spot in Marshfield, MO this afternoon. The NWS typically uses this technology to detect hot spots for wildfires and controlled burns. However, this detected hot spot on satellite today is a fire at a propane plant. pic.twitter.com/frtcEIDXQW
— NWS Springfield (@NWSSpringfield) May 13, 2021
Residents in the area shared photos and videos of the flames and smoke, many of which were taken from miles away.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the incident is currently under investigation.
“My investigators are on-site. Then we’ve got the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Division, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the state fire marshal that are all investigating,” Taylor said. “We believe it to be an accidental in nature at this point but as to the exact cause we’re still investigating.”
Pinnacle Propane plant on fire in Marshfield, MO.
View from from Marshfield Clinic Pharmacy
📸 Courtesy: Karen Ragsdale pic.twitter.com/dicAfRdQcc
— Heather Lewis (@HeatherLewisTV) May 13, 2021
Massive Fire Investigation Underway At Marshfield Propane Facilityhttps://t.co/ThWCbV1kBZ
A major fire investigation is now underway after explosions rock the former Pinnacle propane plant in Marshfield, south east of the Lake.
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— News/Talk KRMS (@krmsradio) May 14, 2021