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Posted on: July 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Whitman Fire Department Responds after Resident Injured by Propane Tank Flash Fire


Chief Timothy J. Grenno reports that a homeowner was seriously injured after a flash fire ignited while he was using a propane grill.

Firefighters responded to a residence on School Street at 6:45 p.m. for a report of a burn. Upon arrival, rescuers found a 35-year-old male suffering from first and seond degree burns.

The resident was taken by ambulance to a landing zone in town, where a medical helicopter was waiting to take him to a Boston hospital for treatment. His injuries are considered serious but not believed to be life-threatening.

A preliminary investigation of the incident indicates that the resident disconnected the propane tank from the grill while the grill was still operational, causing vapor that ignited, injuring the man.

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