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Man sustains "significant" burns in propane explosion

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 10:38 AM Updated:

HELENA - A man sustained "significant" burns in a propane explosion northeast of Helena on Tuesday morning.

Lewis & Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis says the man was working on a propane truck inside a garage on the 3600 block of York Road when something ignited the propane, triggering the explosion.

Grimmis says the worker was a contractor from Boise brought in to work on a truck for Montana Propane. The contractor sustained significant burns and was taken to St. Peter’s Health for treatment.

According to Grimmis, the truck had a 3,000 gallon tank that was about 80% full. The shop where the truck was parked was destroyed.

The name of the injured man has not been released. We will update you when we get more information.

(first report)

HELENA - Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in the area of Lake Helena Drive and York Road.

The Lewis & Clark County/City of Helena 911 Center says that a propane explosion has been reported near the 3600 block of York Road.

Initial reports indicate that there have been Injuries, according to the 911 Center.The 911 Center says that the explosion involved more than 2,000 gallons of propane

"There was an explosion near York Road just a few minutes ago. It shook my house," Tara McCrae told MTN News.

"Felt building shake then noticed large fire in north valley. Big explosion sounds like. Craziness. Hope everyone is alright," Bryan Haines posted on Twitter.

Water tenders from the West Valley Volunteer Fire Department and the East Valley Volunteer Fire Department are working to maintain a constant water supply.

MTN News has a reporter at the scene; we will update you as we get more information.

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