The following are the series of statements released by MFRD concerning a 500 gallon propane tank leaking gas at 1946 Cliffview Court:
Wed 9/24/2014 9:24 PM
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Engine 1, Ladder 2, and Rescue 2 are on the scene of a 500 gallon propane tank leaking gas at 1946 Cliffview Court.
Units were dispatched to the scene at 8:39 Wednesday night.
MFRD has requested Murfreesboro Police Department's assistance with evacuating residences on both sides of the street as a precautionary measure.
More details will be released as they become available.
Wed 9/24/2014 11:22 PM
MFRD remains on scene monitoring gas levels and spraying water on the tank to dilute the gas.
Rutherford County EMA was notified.
At last check, the 500 gallon tank was down to 130 gallons.
Once the tank has completely emptied and conditions are determined to be safe, residents that have been evacuated from 15-20 homes in the neighborhood will be allowed to return.
MFRD will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Thu 9/25/2014 1:04 AM
Final Update: Propane Tank Leak Cliffview Court
MFRD crews have been released from the scene of the propane gas leak at 1946 Cliffview Court. The scene was turned over to Amerigas, who has capped the tank’s valves at this time.
With the assistance of Murfreesboro Police Department, approximately 15-20 homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure. The conditions have now been determined to be safe and all residents have been allowed to return to their homes.
“This is a very favorable outcome for this situation,” said Acting Shift Commander Keith Bratcher. “Propane is an extreme fire hazard. We were fortunate that the tank emptied without causing an explosion.”
Bratcher also added, “We know that it was difficult for the residents to have to leave their homes until the early morning hours. We thank them for their patience during this incident.”
The cause of the leak is still undetermined. Amerigas will return to the scene Thursday morning for further assessment.