Fire burns under 1,000 gallon propane tank in Metro Center

Fire burns under 1,000 gallon propane tank in Metro Center

Posted: Updated: Jan 17, 2013 2:29 PM

A massive fire sparked early Thursday morning underneath a propane tank in Metro Center.

The fire ignited around 5:15 a.m. under the 1,000 gallon tank located outside an office building located at 245 Great Circle Road, across from Athens Way.

The fire was extinguished by 8 a.m. after crews entered the building and shut off a valve.

While battling the blaze, crews were told to keep away from the fire.  A water cannon on top of a fire truck was used to help keep the flames low.

The tank is located a few feet away from the office building and the fire did not spread to the structure.

However, the building and several nearby were evacuated as a precaution in fear the tank might catch fire and explode.

"[A] fire truck had come by and said you need to go across the street, it's a 1,000 pound tank and it could blow," employee Monique Stenke said.  

Employees told Nashville's News 2 at least four businesses work out of the office building including Kenco, a logistics company, and Parallon, a medical services company.

The propane is reportedly used to refuel mechanical equipment such as fork lifts.

The assistant fire chief told Nashville's News 2 pipes underneath the propane tank caught fire. The exact cause is under investigation.

The fire burned underneath the tank for nearly three hours but the tank never exploded.

A technician will inspect the propane tank later on Thursday.

Employees are expected to be allowed back into building by midmorning.

No injuries were reported.

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