Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Firefighters working to prevent railroad car explosion

LINCOLN, Calif. (AP) Firefighters in a Northern California suburb were trying to keep a burning rail car from exploding and leveling nearby houses, schools and businesses as authorities on Wednesday kept an evacuation order in place that affected thousands of homes.
The 29,000-gallon tanker loaded with liquid propane caught fire midday on Tuesday at a Northern Propane Energy yard in Lincoln, a city of 40,000 north of Sacramento.
Firefighters set up four fixed hoses to soak the tanker and to keep its temperature down as the propane burns off, a process that officials on Tuesday said could take until Wednesday. Continued

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