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Propane leak causes scare in Reading

By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | May 03, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 050820112

Reading, PA - On Sunday, May 3rd firefighters from the "A" platoon were alerted at 3:25 P.M. for a gas leak in the area of Carbon Street and Blair Avenue. Engine 7 arrived in the area with a distinct odor and vapor cloud visible from a propane sales and storage facility. Deputy Chief Rehr (Car 8) arrived and ordered companies to establish a water supply and stretch a 2½" hose line. An additional engine company was also requested for assistance. Crews located the leak from the rear of a propane delivery truck. With light winds in the region, the propane was dissipating into the surrounding area. Residents in the homes to the south of the leak were evacuated as a precautionary measure. A representative from the company arrived and confirmed the leak to be from a damaged tank connection and began to make arrangements to pump the remaining product to another truck. The truck involved was at 90% of 3,499 gallons. As company personnel prepared to offload the propane firefighters flowed water to assist in vapor dispersal. The assignment remained on scene for 3 hours. No injuries were reported.

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