Earlier this month Orlando HazMat 1 and Engine 101 were called to investigate a smell of gas from a scrap metal yard. Â The HazMat team and first due engine company conducted a thorough search of the area and found 20 propane cylinders in a locked fence area. Â Using gas detection equipment the highly trained first responders located one cylinder with a leak around the valve. Â To prevent further gas emission and render the area safe from fire or explosion the teams isolated the cylinder and conducted a burn off operation.
The burn off was determined the best course of action after thorough consideration of options. Â Many in Orlando remember aÂ Lake County Blue Rhino facility experienced a series of violent explosions which injured several people in 2013. Â According to reportsÂ Â “The blast occurred about 10 p.m. July 29 and was felt a mile away. Â A spark from a forklift ignited “a cloud of propane” behind the plant, said Ric Ridgway, a prosecutor who reviewed the State Fire Marshal’s investigation of the accident.”
Taking no chances the Orlando team intentionally ignited the cylinder under safe conditions in a secure area with protection hose lines in place. Â The operation concluded safely and the facility returned to normal operations.
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