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When crews arrived on the scene shortly after 4 a.m., flames and smoke were shooting from the unit’s roof. Firefighters were able to contain the fire but hotspots continued to smolder for hours. Although the unit stands alone, its proximity to other buildings made it difficult for authorities to battle the blaze.

Mother Nature hampered the crew’s efforts, as frigid temperatures caused water to freeze almost immediately, while the ice made navigating the scene a slippery affair.

Roughly 20 minutes after their arrival, firefighters reported hearing a large explosion from within the building. While the cause of the explosion remains unknown, reports say the unit housed a 100-pound propane tank.

Significant structural damage has been reported, but authorities are happy to announce that the incident was injury-free.

Incidents like these are commonplace, especially during the colder months, so it’s important to remember to be careful when using propane tanks. To stay safe, follow these tips:

  • Install a propane gas detector.

  • If you smell gas, turn off the gas line immediately, leave the area and report the leak to the proper authorities.

  • Leave lighting pilot lights to the proper professionals. A malfunctioning pilot light can signify a larger problem, and lighting it yourself could result in an explosion or fire.

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a malfunctioning product, you may have grounds for compensation. Call us, we can help.