Barnesville propane tank catches fire Sunday morningBarnesville, MN (WDAY TV) - A propane tank that caught fire sent flames shooting into the air at an elevator in Barnesville Sunday morning.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Barnesville, MN (WDAY TV) - A propane tank that caught fire sent flames shooting into the air at an elevator in Barnesville Sunday morning.
The State Patrol shut down a stretch of I-94 for more than two hours as five fire departments poured water on the tank at Agassiz Valley Grain.
The flames were shooting up about 50 feet in the air when firefighters got here, high clearly visible from I-94 which is behind this elevator.
In fact, a ten-mile stretch of the Interstate was shut down and traffic re-routed for two and a half hours as a precaution.
Bill Bergquist/Clay County Sheriff: "If it exploded that would have been a disaster."
The tank is large, about the size of a train car.
So, Barnesville called in several other fire departments including Sabin, Hitterdahl, Dilworth, and Glyndon.
A steady stream of trucks carted water to and from the Barnesville water tower for hours.
Bergqust: "The emptier the tank gets the more dangerous it gets, it would be nice to just burn it off but instead you have to keep it cool."
The flames were coming out of a valve on the tank.
The cause is unknown.
No one was injured in the fire.
Barnesville citizens were asked to conserve water while firefighters used the water tower.