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FIRE 12/18

An explosion that occurred late Tuesday at Omega Treating Chemicals in southeast  Midland, destroying at least one truck and two boats, is still under investigation, city officials reported.

The Midland fire and police departments responded to the explosion at around 10:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of King Street near the Garden City Highway. There were 13 fire units on the scene and 25 firefighters who worked to put out the fire, said MFD Battalion Chief Brian McGary.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is believed to have started within the engine compartment of a tanker truck, a city press release reported.

The fire crossed to two boats parked next to the truck, as well as into the business through the metal exterior wall of the building, according to the press release. The tanker truck received significant damage to the engine and passenger compartments. The boats received extensive damage, according to the press release.

There were long plumes of black smoke that filled the night sky as firefighters worked to put out the flames, which took about 20 to 30 minutes. No injuries were reported in the explosion.

The tanker truck contained oil field-related chemicals but they were not involved in the fire and there was no release of any chemicals, city officials reported.

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