The fire at the Zenith Energy Fuel Terminal in Hampden Township has been extinguished, officials say. Jerry Ozog, Hampden Township deputy fire chief, said the fire occurred at 12:14 p.m. when a leak occurred while gas was being transferred from one pipe to another pipe. The leak was contained within the facility and no injuries or evacuations occurred, he said. More than 70 firefighters responded within eight minutes.
“Today was a serious situation,” Ozog said, but added that emergency responders were well-prepared due to training exercises.
Chief Steven Junkin said at 1:43 p.m. that fire and other emergency crews will be on the scene for several more hours. The fire was suppressed within an hour, said an official at the scene. Simpson Ferry Road between Wesley Drive and Shiremanstown remains closed, and firefighters could be on the scene for another three or four hours. The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.
The terminal sits on approximately 16 acres and has seven above ground storage tanks, and was previously owned by Gulf Oil. Later Thursday afternoon, the company sent this note of thanks to the media:
“Our sincere thanks to the Hampden Township fire department, local police and other authorities for their quick work extinguishing the fire at our Mechanicsburg Terminal today. We also appreciate drivers’ patience as we know the related road closures led to traffic delays. “Zenith Energy Terminals is assessing and addressing the damage from a fire at its Mechanicsburg facility Thursday. The midday fire was quickly extinguished by the Hampden Township fire department after burning for approximately an hour. There were no injuries. All appropriate authorities have been notified. “A work crew had been performing maintenance on a 10-inch pipeline serving the terminal at the time of the fire although the cause is currently unknown. The line was shut off and terminal operations have been suspended.
Zenith’s emergency response team has been mobilized to support the local response effort and assist in the investigation. The next step is to determine the cause and any appropriate preventive measures.”
The terminal supports distribution of gasoline, distillates, ethanol and heating oil into the broader Harrisburg market. The capacity is 378,000 barrels.