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ONLINE DOCUMENT: FIREFIGHTERS QUELL FIRE IN GASOLINE TANK STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

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It took water, foam and 28 hours, but a lightning-sparked fire in a storage tank containing 3 million gallons of gasoline was finally put out.

The fire at Shell Oil Co.'s Sewaren fuel distribution center broke out Tuesday afternoon when lightning struck the tank, sending smoke and flames hundreds of feet into the air.Firefighters extinguished the blaze at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday after blanketing it with chemical foam for a fifth time. Earlier attempts were only partially successful because air pockets under the foam allowed the flames to persist, said Woodbridge Fire Chief Norman Leahy.

About 200 nearby residents were allowed to return home Wednesday night.