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Ethanol fire risks lead officials to push for training

February 26, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Firefighter Mike Schultz sprays foam onto fuel on the highway after a tanker truck crashed into the rock wall in Nov. 27, 2007, in Jefferson City. On impact, the truck burst into flames and the load of ethanol fuel ran down the highway and through a drainage ditch, causing several fires. The nation's drive toward alternative fuels carries a danger many communities have been to slow to recognize: Ethanol fires are harder to put out than gasoline ones and require a special type of firefighting foam.

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