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Video from a gasoline tanker wreck and fire last night in Bellmore, New York on Long Island.

Julie Mansmann,

A tanker truck overturned on Sunrise Highway in Bellmore late Tuesday night, causing a fuel spill that erupted in flames. Officials estimate that 3,000 to 7,000 gallons of fuel escaped from the tanker, which flipped on its side just before midnight.

Nassau County Police Department public information officers said that a fuel truck traveling east on Sunrise Highway struck the back of a car that was stopped at a red light at Newbridge Road at 11:52 p.m. on Dec. 17. The truck turned on its side and careened east on Sunrise, spilling fuel along the way before stopping at Brevoort Place.

The fuel caught fire, officials said, damaging surrounding cars and homes on Brevoort Place. Vincent Scaduto, the Bellmore Fire Department's public information officer, said firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 90 minutes.


Nassau County police say the truck driver and the driver of a car that was rear-ended by the tanker are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

They say four homes and a business were damaged after the tanker exploded shortly before midnight Tuesday near Brevoort Place in Bellmore.

NY Bellmore tanker fire

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  • cbk1

    hey westcoasters,

    according to you'all, isn't that a tender?

    • Fire21

      A tender carries water and tends to a fire engine, just like a tender on the railroad.  A tanker carries liquids for anyone other than a fire dept.  JMHO

  • ffp20

    the aerial stream driving straight down into the fuel is awesome eh?

  • Scott

    Yes, I wondered the purpose of that stream, to reduce the heat or a water curtain?

  • Sally

    AMAAAAAZING that nothing's changed on Long Island after all the education available. Yup, just keep dousing it with water….. that should help! NOT!!!

  • ThomasJames

    It was set up originaly as a protection stream and for cooling purposes. eventually switched over to fog stream. homes in vicinity were exposed to extreme heat up to several hundred feet away. Educated foam pratices suggest that before starting a foam evolution that should have enough on site to finish the job(not interupting and allowing to break down. Once sufficient foam resources were responding it went to all foam ops accept for the houselines protecting the homes, which by the way only sustained exterior damage and were only set back 20 or so feet from Street which had gas flowing downhill. Those that werent there shouldnt criticize. heroic efforts were made to ensure all residents were evacuated, diking of flow. Extinguishing at least 3 car fires. Also note only minor injuries to drivers of vehicles and not ONE firefighter or resident injury!!! thats what its all about at the end of the day.

  • ThomasJames

    Oh yeah fully loaded tanker 12,000 gallons of which I believe they only recovered 3,000(not exact numbers).