WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two people were injured after a fire at a Wilson County propane supplier Wednesday morning.
Wilson County emergency officials said the fire sparked underneath a propane tank at Advanced Propane on Highway 109 near Academy Road at around 9:44 a.m. It was so intense, with flames as high as 20 feet. The fire left two contract workers severely burned.
“It wasn’t good for anybody living close,” said Capt. Steve Fox with the Wilson County Fire Department.
One worker was taken via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the other was taken to a hospital via ambulance. Although severely burned, both workers were able to help each other get to safety and out of harm’s way.
“Two contract workers were here extending a 6-inch line down the middle of the storage facility, from one pumping station to another,” Fox explained. “During that process, the equipment that they were using somehow arched and when that arch occurred is when the explosion occurred.”
The victims’ conditions were not immediately known; the fire has since been extinguished.
“We got the fire down low enough…able to get in there, (and) shut the valves off so the flow would stop,” Fox said.
According to Fox, facility operations have been shut down pending a safety inspection.