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Firefighters extinguish all but 1 of 6 fuel tank fires

April 8, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) — Firefighters have extinguished all but one of the fires that have engulfed six fuel storage tanks in southeastern Brazil over the past week.

No one died in the blazes that started April 2.

But authorities say the fires may have killed thousands of fish in a river nearby. IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental protection agency, said seven tons of dead fish had been withdrawn from the river and that it was investigating if they died because of a lack of oxygen or the heat from the blaze.

The fires erupted at a facility owned by Ultracargo, one of Brazil’s largest liquid bulk storage companies. Gasoline, chemicals, vegetable oils, ethanol and corrosive products are stored at the site’s 175 tanks.

It’s not yet known what caused the blazes.

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