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BREAKING: Roanoke oil storage facility evacuated due to malfunctioning equipment

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UPDATE 11:50 P.M. -- The evacuation order has been lifted and crews at the Marathon Oil Storage Facility have deemed the site safe.


6:22 p.m. Update:

Police say that Marathon Officials are sending in an expert to evaluate the situation. They do say the scene is safe, but expect the process of fully securing the site and continuing to fill the tank could last through the night. Neighbors say they are concerned about the possibility of a fire or explosion. Police say the risk is very low, and because the situation has been handled very delicately the risk remains low. WSLS ten's Rachel Lucas remains on scene and will have another update on WSLS news at 7 o'clock.


5 p.m. Update:

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Chief Rick Burch said when Marathon was filling up one of its main gas tanks Monday, there was a spark inside the tank. They then decided to shut down the plant and quit fueling the tank.

The problem now is that there is remaining vapor in the tank so crews have to finish filling the tank up in order to eliminate that vapor. They are working to safely do that now. All businesses have been evacuated within a half-mile radius.

Trains have been stopped on railroad tracks near the area and airspace has been restricted above the gas plant.


3:55 p.m. Update:

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue is currently on the scene of an oil company storage facility on Terminal Road in SW Roanoke County.  Police say there is a malfunction of the equipment used inside the fuel tank. No oil or fuel of any type has been spilled.

All surrounding businesses have been evacuated as a precaution. Country Bear Daycare has not been affected. The principal is waiting on all students to be picked up from their parents. It closes at 6 p.m. but parents begin picking up their children at 4 p.m.

Fire Officials, along with oil company officials are on scene trying to determine how to best fix or mitigate the malfunctioning equipment.


Roanoke County Fire & Rescue is evacuating the immediate area around an oil storage facility.

The facility is on Terminal Road in SW Roanoke County. Fire officials say the equipment used inside the fuel tank is malfunctioning.

The company leaders are working to figure out how to best fix the malfunctioning equipment.

Our WSLS 10 reporter Rachel Lucas is headed to the scene now.

We'll have more details as they become available.