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Williston industrial fire cleanup to take weeks

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- An official with the Environmental Protection Agency says cleanup efforts at an oil supply company in Williston are set to take weeks after much of the facility burned earlier this week

EPA On-Scene Coordinator Paul Peronard says it wouldn't surprise him if it took two months to clean up the site. The fire at the site is mostly out but debris is still smoking. Peronard says firefighters anticipate flare ups once workers start removing debris.

Officials say the fire at Red River Supply began about midnight Monday and burned for most of Tuesday. At its height the blaze sent fireballs hundreds of feet into the air and forced a half-mile cordon around the site.

The facility stored dozens of chemicals used by the oil industry according to state records.

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