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Tampa firefighters put out blaze after truck strikes propane station

TAMPA — Firefighters put out a two-alarm blaze near the Tampa International Airport on Friday that started after a truck hit a filling station that provides liquefied propane gas.

At about 1 p.m., a truck driven by Jorge Barbosa hit the filing station behind airplane catering business Gate Gourmet, 2404 N West Shore Blvd. The collision started a fire, Tampa Fire Rescue reported.

When firefighters arrived, the flames were more than 20 feet tall and threatening a truck, the Gate Gourmet building and a container with about 700 gallons of liquefied propane gas.

Fire crews aimed their hoses at the building, truck and gas container so they wouldn't catch fire. They allowed the flames to consume the leaking gas while Tampa Fire Rescue hazardous materials technicians worked to shut off the flow. Once it was shut off, the fire went out.

There was minor damage to the building and nearby truck. The filling station was destroyed. Flights were not affected, and nobody was injured.

The Tampa Fire Marshals Office and Tampa International Airport police are investigating. No charges are expected, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Tampa firefighters put out blaze after truck strikes propane station 05/14/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 14, 2010 5:21pm]
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