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Farmer injured in propane explosion

Posted - May 28, 2010 at 3:40 p.m.


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PARADISE -- A 54-year-old farmer was injured Friday in an explosion after he backed his tractor over a propane tank.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office says the man, who's name has not been released, was burning weeds near 1200 East and 8600 South in Paradise when he ran into the 500-gallon propane tank, broke off the valve releasing the gas and igniting a flash fire.

Paradise Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Blake Pulsipher said, "Yeah, it did quite a number. It's blown. There's a garage door on the back side that it's blown right out. The gable end trusses on the upper section of the shop, one's laid still on the roof on the east end; the west end is blown about 30 feet or so away from the structure."

He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital with burns on his arms, face and neck.

The explosion also destroyed the roof and blew the doors off a nearby shed.

Fire crews were able to quickly put out the blaze.

Paradise is just south of Logan in Cache County.


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