Propane tank explodes, sparks home fire

By: Terry Oparka, | Troy Times | Published May 17, 2017

A malfunctioning 1-pound propane tank attached to a torch in a basement on Walker Drive, near Square Lake and Rochester roads, reportedly exploded and ignited a fire just after 2:30 p.m. May 14.

When firefighters arrived, all residents had evacuated from the home, according to a report. One resident was treated at the scene for a minor burn injury.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer explained that the explosion damaged a water pipe, which broke and contained the fire.

 A 1-pound propane tank attached to a torch sparked a blaze in the basement of this home on Walker Drive on Mother’s Day, causing approximately $30,000 in damage.

A 1-pound propane tank attached to a torch sparked a blaze in the basement of this home on Walker Drive on Mother’s Day, causing approximately $30,000 in damage.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

Firefighters extinguished the remaining fire, which was hot enough to melt the ceiling-mounted smoke alarm. They confirmed that the fire had not spread and ensured all residents were out of the home, according to a report.

Firefighters ventilated smoke from the home, and residents were advised not to return inside the home, Riesterer said. Damage is estimated at approximately $30,000.