Florida firefighters use plane to douse fuel truck fire

Gainesville crews work together to extinguish flames caught on video


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Firefighters turned to the air to douse a flaming fuel tanker after a crash that left one dead.

Gainesville Fire Rescue reports a tanker carrying 6,800 gallons of fuel was struck by another truck as it was making a U-turn on N.W. 43rd Street about 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Two of the truck's five fuel compartments ruptured and the fuel ignited, sending flames hundreds of feet in the air and causing power lines to fall to the road.

As firefighters on the ground battled to keep the fire from spreading, an airplane was deployed to douse the truck with foam.

Power had to be shut off in the area and some citizens in northwest Gainesville were advised to shelter in place or evacuate.

Hazmat teams also worked on scene with county and state EPA to control runoff and prevent contamination to local water sources.

"The call was very challenging and required power and public safety crews to work quickly and in coordination to mitigate the hazard," Assistant Chief Joseph Hillhouse said.

GFR posted video of the scene to Twitter commending efforts from all the combined crews.

Gainesville police were investigating the crash. The department didn't release information about the victim who died at the scene.