May 22–PARMA, Ohio, — One person was hurt in a Tuesday morning propane explosion at a trucking company in Parma, officials say.
The explosion happened about 11:30 a.m. at the ABF trucking company on Chevy Boulevard near Snow Road, Parma fire spokesman T.J. Martin said.
Paramedics took the injured person to MetroHealth for treatment. A current condition was not immediately available.
The explosion happened as propane tanks were being filled. One tank sparked and caused several others to explode.
Investigators believe the over-pressurization of a smaller tank used as a fuel source for commercial tow trucks and forklifts triggered the chain of events, Martin said.
Firefighters were met with heavy smoke and flames from the rear of the building where propane is filled and stored, Martin said.
A propane transport was destroyed by the fire.
“ABF Freight has an exemplary safety record within the community and places a high value on the safety of their employees and the surrounding community,” Martin said in a statement. “Propane, as used in the commercial environment, is common for its use in forklifts and other industrial vehicles. “
The Parma Fire Department, fire prevention and investigation unit is working with the State Fire Marshals Office to determine the cause and where it started.
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