There are times when you don’t have to get on a plane, or even into a vehicle, to find adventure. Sometimes you can experience it from the comfort of your own home.
For us, that’s the case today as a lightning strike set a large fuel storage tank on fire at the BOPEC facility on the northern part of Bonaire. The incident happened yesterday, and if anything the fire is larger than before. Official news has been difficult to come by. The word on the street is that our island is completely out of fire extinguishing chemicals at this point, but the fire has been contained to one tank and will be allowed to burn itself out. From our house, 9.5 miles as the crow flies from the fire, it is stunningly visible and huge. We hope that reports are right and that there’s no chance of other tanks catching fire from this one.
In case you were curious, BOPEC is the Bonaire Petroleum Corporation, owned by PDVSA, the Venezuelan oil company. The BOPEC facility is used as a storage and transshipment facility for Venezuelan crude. BOPEC is not a local source for fuel, which is a fortunate thing in this situation.
More live eyewitness reports and some amazing night time photos can be found on BonaireTalk.