Propane expanding in Wednesday’s scorching heat likely caused a 100-pound tank to leak in Grandview Wednesday afternoon, firefighters said.

The Beaver Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 5:21 p.m. to a propane tank leak on Petty Court, assistant chief Mike Cowger said. The location was a private residence. A propane tank — believed to weigh 100 pounds — was leaking, and it was near two other tanks of the same size.

Cowger said the tank had likely been overfilled, and the propane expanded as temperatures outside soared. The tank’s relief valve was activated to relieve pressure. Normally, he said, propane tanks are only filled to 80 percent capacity because the gas expands and contracts in the heat and cold.

Firefighters sprayed water on the residual propane and also used the water to cool the tank, Cowger said. That decreased pressure on the tank, allowing the relief valve to close and stop the leak. Any other residual propane had dissipated.

Cowger said the situation was a “typical propane call,” but firefighters took the situation seriously, regardless.

“On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst, I would give this a three,” he said.

“Things can happen. Complacency will get you in trouble.”

— Amelia A. Pridemore

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