Man burned in propane truck explosion north of East Helena
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Idaho man suffered burns and a garage was destroyed in a fire caused by a propane explosion at a residence north of Helena.
Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis tells KTVH-TV the injured man was a contractor from Boise brought in to work on a propane truck for Montana Propane. He was taken to the hospital in Helena. His name has not been released.
Grimmis says the contractor was working on the truck inside a garage near the Helena Valley Reservoir just after 10 a.m. Tuesday when the explosion occurred. Witnesses reported the blast shook their homes. Flames shot into the air.
Grimmis says the truck had a 3,000-gallon (11,350-liter) propane tank that was about 80 percent full.
East Valley Fire Chief Dave Sammon tells the Independent Record the fire also destroyed two service trucks and a tractor.
Officials did not have an update on the man’s injuries Tuesday afternoon.