Official: Motor sparked Lancaster County train car fuel fire

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 3, 2013 4:33 AM

(Manheim) -- Crews are expected back at the site of a propane car fire on a central Pennsylvania rail line as they investigate what went wrong. 

Firefighters remained at the scene in Rapho Township overnight.

The fire broke out Tuesday morning, injuring one man, prompting evacuations and disrupting rail service. 

The evacuation order for residents and business was lifted Tuesday evening.

A spokesman for Lancaster County Emergency Management says state and local officials will be assessing the incident Wednesday and addressing any issues associated with hazardous materials leaks. 

Lancaster Propane Gas CEO Paul Wheaton says an employee sustained butane freeze burns in the two-alarm fire at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday just off Route 230 near Mount Joy.

But he said he didn't think the worker was seriously injured.

Randall Gockley, the county's director of emergency management, said about 60 people were evacuated within a three-block radius as a precaution.

Amtrak suspended rail service between Harrisburg and Lancaster but later resumed service and said passengers can expect a normal schedule Wednesday.

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