A fire at a fuel storage facility in Michigan destroyed the terminal and prompted the evacuation of houses several miles from the site.
At 7.30pm on 4 August, an employee at the White Oil storage facility 65 miles north of Detroit reported a small fire near an electric meter.
Later that evening, the blaze was so intense that over 100 firefighters from at least 25 fire departments were unable to extinguish it. One was hospitalised and another received more minor injuries after oil drums were thrown 50 feet into the air. One landed on and ignited an adjacent building, which had to be demolished.
The effort to battle the blaze was abandoned after firefighters decided more injuries were likely to follow. We backed off for the firemens safety: theres a lot of explosions going on, explained local assistant fire chief Kerry Paulson.
A mandatory evacuation order displaced about 1,000 residents. This order was lifted on the afternoon of the 5th after the fire was declared to be mostly out.
The Environmental Protection Agency says there are currently no health risks from the fire, although residents in the area are advised to keep their windows closed.
The fire remains under investigation.