Chesapeake crews battle business fire

Posted at 12:59 PM, Aug 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-14 12:59:23-04

Chesapeake crews responded to a business fire Tuesday morning, officials say.

The call came in shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to Chesapeake Fire Department spokesman Cpt. Mike Thibeault, crews responded to a fire located at the 100 block of East Liberty Street in South Norfolk. Smoke was seen coming from The Domestic Fuels & Lubes shop, towards the rear end of the business.

When crews arrived, they heard a small explosion. Crews investigated and found a 500 gallon tank on fire, with a fork lift and a transfer pump completely engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday morning, within 10 minutes of it being reported.

Firefighters used a high speed foaming operation, officials say. About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled as a result of the fire; that has been contained. A contractor is on the way to assist with clean-up.

No injuries were reported. The fire was cleared at 12:13 p.m., and officials say the damage was done to the exterior to the business.