Propane bobtail truck catches fire while being towed

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Updated Jan 3, 2018

Firemen in New Hampshire are breathing a sigh of relief after putting out a fire on a propane delivery truck.

The drama began Friday night in Chesterfield when the rear tires on a Suburban Propane truck caught fire while it was being towed on Route 9.

“I don’t know what happened,” Chesterfield Fire Chief Rick Cooper told the Brattleboro Reformer. “I don’t know if it locked up, or if they were frozen, or if brakes locked up and they were trying to free them, or what.”

Whatever the case, firefighters responded around 7:30 p.m. in freezing weather to put out the flaming tires one of which exploded causing plenty of concern. The fire was extinguished and the propane tank, which was around 90 percent full, remained intact and apparently unaffected by the blaze.

No one was injured though the freezing temperatures caused plenty of headaches, including pipe freezes on four of the fire trucks and the closure of Route 9 which had been iced-over from the water used to put out the fire.

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