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Propane Tank Catches Fire at Salt Lake International Airport

Propane Tank Catches Fire at Salt Lake International Airport

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John Hollenhorst ReportingThere is a serious incident at Salt Lake International Airport tonight. A 12,000 gallon propane tank has caught fire and another one just like it is threatened by the flames.

The fire department is putting water on the tanks, but has had to pull back because of the risk of an explosion from the second tank.

The tanks are used to provide propane for training exercises. The airport has mock fuselages that airport and fire personnel train on. Apparently, something went wrong and this fire was ignited near the tanks.

Assistant Chief Dennis McKone, with the Salt Lake City Fire Department, says the fire is not yet under control. He adds, "We've evacuated all resources a mile each way at this time"

There is some sort of safety valve on the tank that is to shut down the flow of fuel as more gas burns off.

The fire is not disrupting airport operations at this point.

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