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1979 Press Photo Clark Oil Tank Fire Taylor Gasoline

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Caption: Smoke from a burning tank turns day into night for a nearby neighborhood. The Clark Oil Co. storage tank in Taylor, Michigan exploded which started a fire. Officials blamed the accident on mechanical failure inside a gasoline-filled tank on the site on Beech-Daly near Ecorse Road. There were no serious injuries although a Clark official on duty after the explosion suffered an apparent heart attack and was hospitalized. 5,000 area residents were evacuated.

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