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El Centro Fire Departments works this morning to ‘cool' venting liquefied propane train cars

July 05, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

El Centro firefighters helped keep cool Union Pacific Railroad cars carrying liquefied propane this morning after the fuel started to vent from at least two railroad cars.

El Centro fire Capt. Ken Herbert said crews were on hand from midnight to 4 a.m. to make sure problems did not arise from the venting of cars on a train in the area of Cedar Avenue east of Fourth Street.

Most of that time fire crews were on standby as Union Pacific hazardous material workers transferred some of the propane from the train cars to a truck to relieve pressure.

Herbert said the propane did not represent any danger to the surrounding area, although at one point the pressure shot a stream of liquefied propane 40 feet into air, he said.

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Herbert said if it was thought the propane represented a danger the Fire Department would have had Union Pacific move to the train.

Herbert said fire crews sprayed the car with water to keep the cars cool.

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