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14A Wednesday, June 11, 2014 ~eatner Kiver uuue~in ropane Multiple agencies respond to incident that injured worker Samantha P. Hawthorne The Moes' house sustained Staff Writer extensive smoke, water and heat damage. Phillips said carbon monoxide levels were A routine propane tank too high to let the family exchange went awry back in Monday night; Monday, June 2, resulting in however, the area has since one Ferreilgas employee been secured and they have being airlifted to UC Davis been given permission to Medical Center. return. The employee, who has not Phillips said the house to been identified, was the left of the Moes also replacing a propane tank sustained damage. He said in within Lake Almanor addition to the slight damage Country Club when the to doors and windows, flying replacement tank exploded fragments from the fire in his face, said homeowner ignited the neighbor's deck. and eyewitness Mike Moe. No other structures were As the assigned incident damaged, said Phillips. commander, Peninsula Fire Multiple agencies Protection District Assistant responded to the fire, which Chief Bob Phillips said the was initially reported as a steel-reinforced hose used to wildfEe. Phillips said thanks transfer propane from one to the inaccurate report, tank to the other appeared to Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest have failed. : Service arrived much sooner Investigations are still than they would have for a underway, so Phillips was residential fee. "The end unable to pinpoint the exact result worked in our favor cause. Because the explosion and the fire was contained caused a workplace injury, around midnight," he said. representatives from PFPD Engine 7121 Cal/OSHA were on scene to completed the initial attack, take a report, followed by crews from Lake According to Phillips, the Almanor West Fire explosion subsequently Department and Hamilton resulted in venting of the Branch Fire Department. original tank, which he said "We express our deepest sounds like a freight train, appreciation to all agencies "The noise is deafening," he involved," said Phillips. said. "This was a very difficult Phillips said there were residential structure fire and two explosions. He said that the level of cooperation and heat from the first blast teamwork between all caused a second, smaller, agencies was excellent." tank on the property to The work is not over yet, explode. He said that one or however. Phillips said the two of the service truck's home and its surroundings tires also ruptured, which are being inspected every could have been why people two hours to ensure nothing reported hearing several was missed that might explosions, reignite the fire. He said they Both Mike Moe and his will continue to check on it wife Diane made it safely out throughout the day Tuesday of the house, and Phillips and that he is feeling confirmed there were no confident they got fatalities. The Ferrellgas everything. employee who was Although he was unable to exchanging the tanks, provide specifics of the however, sustained second- investigation, Ferrellgas and third-degree burns and spokesperson Scott is likely.t remain in the Brockelmeyersaid last week, hospital for a while, said "We pledge our support to Phillips. "He was very the local fire department and fortunate to have survived." any other agencies that have To reduce the possibility of jurisdiction. We are as further injuries, the area was anxious to understand what closed off to the public, and happened as anyone." residents who tried to enter He was also unable to through the Clifford Drive confirm the identity of the gates were redirected into injured employee; however, the country club through the he did disclose that the man Peninsula Drive gates. By 10 was hired on with the p.m., however, limited traffic company in August 2011. was allowed to enter. Firefighters work diligently to contain the Lake i: i IC: :!!'~: ! ~' @ ":. ~ .~, , Almanor Country Club structure fire June 2. Multiple agencies respond to reports of a wildfire within the Lake Almanor Country Club on June 2, but upon arrival find that a propane tank explosion caused a severe residential fire at Mike and Diane Moe's house. A Ferrellgas employee Photos sufferers extensive injuries by after a propane tank Samantha P. Hawthorne explodes in his face June 2. Mattress Mania! Klarissa set, 20 yr . ........ *748 Englander Queen Set. ............................. 12MM Laminate Off 2 colorsSl". 8MM Laminate 700/110f .................. s14g- 27,000 Drop Leaf Table 2 chairs ................................. S298 Glass Top Table with 4 chairs ................................. S499