- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The ignition source for a series of dramatic explosions that destroyed a propane business and fitness center in this northwest Wyoming resort town remains unknown, a fire marshal said.

Thursday’s explosions and fire destroyed the AmeriGas store, the Bell Fitness gym and at least a dozen cars. Nobody was killed, but a few people suffered minor cuts and bruises as they fled the fitness center through a broken window.

The gas that ignited leaked from a truck that had arrived to fill underground propane tanks. After allowing some of the remaining propane in tanks at the store to burn off, investigators got to work at the charred scene to find out what caused the propane to ignite, Fire Marshal Kathy Clay told the Jackson Hole News & Guide (https://bit.ly/1AykCDf ).

“There are a lot of facts we won’t have until we have the scene secure,” Clay said. “But I think all of us who were working that scene are standing a few inches taller.”

Firefighters prevented the truck’s propane tank and an underground propane tank from exploding. The truck was carrying about 1,000 gallons of propane and the underground tank about 15,000 gallons.

No firefighters were hurt, “and it turned out about as well as these things can,” Clay said.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com


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