Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 14, 2013 @ 11:46PM
Created on March 14, 2013 @ 10:11PM
A ticking timebomb? Perhaps.
A tanker truck filled with liquid propane hasn't burned out yet. After inspecting the valves on the back of the tank with binoculars and zoomed in pictures, officials fear a rapid release.
This past Friday, a fire in Barbour County led to a boil water advisory in the area. Now, a part of Talbott Road in Belington is shut down because a part of it is still burning.
Because the tank has become weak, the valves could burst open, spraying a wall of fire across the roadway that's only about 50 feet away. That's why firefighters don't want traffic flowing. Belington's chief is calling this a controlled hazard and said no one's gotten hurt, and they want to keep it that way.
"One [nearby] resident did self-evacuate to another family member's out of the 300 foot radius," said Chief Phil Hart.
Water is being sprayed onto the tank to keep it cool. Crews dug a hole behind the garage where the water flows to, and a pump keeps the cycle going. The road will remain closed about a quarter mile from the site until it's burned out.
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