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Crews Knock Down Blaze At Abandoned San Jose Propane Farm

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) - Firefighters were mopping up a fire Monday that broke out Sunday night near an abandoned propane farm in San Jose.

San Jose Fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort said firefighters responded around 11:04 p.m. Sunday to the area of Sixth and Virginia streets on a call of an outside fire.

Van Elgort said the fire broke out next to a large abandoned propane farm housing hundreds of propane tanks. He said a handful of tanks caught fire, but firefighters were able to knock down the fire before it spread to the rest of the tanks.

Officials had to close a nearby section of Interstate Highway 280 for about 20 minutes due to the fire and risk of explosions, Van Elgort said. The highway has since been reopened. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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