Fire crews battle fire at Smith County oil facility

UPDATE: Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused an explosion and large fire at a Smith County oil facility.

This happened at a Vess Oil Property around 10 Monday night. Witnesses report seeing flames from 4 miles away, shooting at least 50 feet high. Fire investigators say 3 storage tanks and 1 building were burned in the fire.

No one was at the scene when the fire started and no evacuations were ordered. A firefighter who lived near the oil field is the one who called it in. Vess Oil Company sent a representative to the scene who started shutting down the wells, which removed the fuel source.

Firefighters say the fire is under control. They are just letting it burn itself out.




(KYTX) - Smith County fire departments responded to a fire at an oil field on County Road 313 and  State Park Highway. 

Lindale, Winona, and Red Springs Fire Departments responded to a fire on CR313 North of Tyler State Park around 10:30 Monday evening. 

Our CBS 19 reporter on the scene says that there are still small flames and that the fire crews are turning off all gas units that are connected to the area.

CBS19 has a crew on the way to the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available. 


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