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Propane Explosion & Fire Injures One Person

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) - One person is recovering after several propane tanks caught fire at a propane refilling station at a U-Haul facility.

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Westminster Fire says that a venting propane tank in the back of a running vehicle ignited, setting off a chain reaction that ignited nine tanks and caused one to explode.

Firefighters were on the scene within 7 minutes of getting the emergency call. They were able to contain the fire to the one vehicle.

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The incident happened near 80th Avenue and Federal Boulevard. Westminster Police did evacuate some nearby homes as a precaution, but those residents were back in their homes with an hour.

Fire investigators on the scene determined that the cause was accidental.

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