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UPDATED: Propane leak that led to evacuations in Farmington caused by someone backing into tank

Union Leader Correspondent

December 02. 2013 1:29PM

FARMINGTON - Fire Chief Rich Fowler reminds area residents to be careful with heating equipment, both inside and outside their homes.

Area firefighters evacuated residents from five homes along Camelot Shores Road SUnday evening after a 1,000-gallon propane tank was punctured at the site of a new home, which was under construction.

"There was a danger to several residents - that's why we evacuated them," Fowler said.

As it appears someone backed into the tank, Fowler said Monday that the incident was not suspicious, but investigators have not determined who may have been involved. He added anyone with information about this is encouraged to contact firefighters at 755-2131.

Fowler suggested area homeowners should ensure they install sturdy blocking material to protect propane or fuel tanks, especially as more people start warding off colder weather.

Firefighters from Alton, Gilmanton, Middleton, New Durham, Rochester and Wakefield responded to the scene after residents reported the leak at 5:53 p.m.

After about three hours, crews from Eastern Propane had repaired the tank and firefighters determined it was safe for residents to return to their homes.


Previous story follows:

FARMINGTON - Several homes were evacuated Sunday evening as fire crews worked to contain a large propane leak.

Farmington Fire Chief Rich Fowler said his department was called to 316 Camelot Shores Road at 5:53 p.m. for a report of a large propane leak.

"There was a loud sound, almost like a jet engine, that we could hear when we got there," said Fowler.

Fowler said they discovered a 1,000 gallon propane tank had been punctured on a lot where a new home is under construction. Due to the close proximity of homes in the neighborhood, five houses were evacuated.

Eastern Propane sent a crew to the scene to repair the tank, and all residents in the area were allowed to return to their homes.

Fowler said that while the exact cause behind the puncture has yet to be determined, "it appears that someone may have backed into the tank."

In all, Fowler said fire crews spent three hours at the scene. No injuries were reported.
Rochester, New Durham, Middleton, Alton, Gilmanton, and Wakefield all provided mutual aid.

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