Carbondale fire crews douse propane truck
Disaster was averted Sunday night when fire crews managed to extinguish a parked propane truck that caught fire east of Carbondale.
“The engine crew did an excellent job of quickly controlling the fire and preventing a much more serious event,” said Carbondale Fire Deputy Chief Bill Gavette.
The page went out at 9:44 p.m. and an engine was on scene by 10 at Propane Services, which is located in an industrial area on County Road 100. Firefighters found the cab in flames and the propane tank in danger. Three fire trucks and 12 firefighters responded, and were able to extinguish the fire and cool the tank before it had a chance to activate the pressure relief valve or catch fire.
No one was injured.
The propane truck, which was seriously damaged, does not appear to have been full at the time of the fire, although the truck next to it was. The cause of the fire is under investigation but is not believed to be arson.
Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin acknowledged that the damage could have been significant if the tank had caught fire, potentially setting off other trucks or storage tanks. Glenwood Springs saw the aftermath of such a disaster firsthand when 12 people were killed in an explosion at the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas building in December 1985. Also in the 1980s, crews managed to extinguish a tanker fire near the current location of Carbondale’s Town Hall.
Goodwin praised quick action by Gavette and his crew.
“It’s always a decision about whether you’re going to be on offense or defense,” he said. “The best way, if you can, is to remove the hazard and put the fire out.”
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