Propane rail tanker fire response hailed as a success

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jul 5, 2013 4:01 AM

(Manheim) -- The emergency response to a fire on a propane-carrying rail car in Lancaster County is being hailed as a success.

More than 200 first responders worked to put out the fire, evacuate nearby residents and businesses and make sure any hazardous materials were contained.

The incident Tuesday at the Maibach Propane Rail Terminal in Rapho Township led to the evacuation of about 60 people and a suspension of Amtrak rail service between Lancaster and Harrisburg.

Lancaster County Director of Emergency Management Randall Gockley says agencies have plans in place to deal with situations like this.

"We were working with the state Emergency Management Agency and department of Labor and Industry," Gockley says. "Very quickly we were able to get maps of the area showing the evacuation zone, aerial views showing the facility where the fire was."

Gockley says while the incident injured one worker, the quick work and training of first responders prevented any other casualties.

He says a nearby church and the Red Cross were also instrumental in helping with the evacuation.

The county is expected to take part in a debriefing on the incident in the near future.

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