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UPDATE: 500 foot flames reported in fire at Williston oilfield supply company

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Williston, ND - Hazardous materials teams are at the site of an oil industry trucking and supply business that caught fire early Tuesday and may continue to burn for days.

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A series of explosions and flames shooting 500 feet in the air were reported as Red River Supply burned just east of downtown Williston.

It is a trucking and warehousing business for companies working in the oilfields, according to its website. Supplying fluids used in oil drilling is listed among its services.

There were no reports of injuries Tuesday morning.

A regional hazardous response team and the National Guard were among the personnel monitoring the site Tuesday.

Mike Hallesy, Williams County emergency manager said air quality samples were being taken.

He said Red River Supply provides chemicals and sand used in frac jobs including mud, silica and acids.

A half-mile voluntary evacuation area was set up around the business.

Hallesy said it was decided to let what is left of the fire burn itself because of nearby waterways, including the Little Muddy River.

Hallesy said it may take a couple of days for the fire to burn itself out.

Firefighters were first called at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Flames were still visible at 9 a.m. and smoke was still rising from the site later in the morning.

Jim Metzger, one of the owners of Dakota Diesel across the street from Red River Supply, said he saw flames shooting 400 to 500 feet in the air as it burned early Tuesday.

Brett Uebel lives about a mile from site of fire and said he heard six of seven explosions about 12:15 a.m.

Red River Supply was founded by Rich Vestal and is still family owned and operated, the company’s web site says.

A representative of the company could not be reached for comment.

Metzger said he spoke to a service manager of Red River Supply who estimated 10 semi-trucks and six pickups were lost in the fire.

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