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Propane fuel fire out at Lancaster County rail yard

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 3, 2013 4:33 PM
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(Manheim) -- A fire of propane fuel at a Lancaster rail yard has been extinguished after burning for 23 hours.

Firefighters in Lancaster County remained at the scene in Rapho Township overnight. The fire broke out Tuesday morning near a 30,000-gallon tanker, injuring one employee, prompting evacuations and disrupting rail service.

Mount Joy assistant chief Bill Hall says crews thought the blaze would just burn itself out but ultimately had to extinguish them.

Lancaster Propane Gas CEO Paul Wheaton said one employee was injured with burns that weren't caused by flames but were butane freeze burns.

Firefighters say the cause remains under investigation. Wheaton said the blaze was sparked by a failed compressor motor.

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