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An oil industry trucking and supply company burned overnight, with flames and smoke still visible Tuesday morning. 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. Firefighters have been on the scene since early 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. Red River Supply was founded by Rich Vestal and is still family owned and operated, the company’s web site says. Video: Trinity Schroeder