Fire at propane storage facility near Damascus sends one to hospital

DAMASCUS — One person has been sent to hospital following a fire at a shop on Line 6 east of Wellington Road 16.

Crews from the Mount Forest and Arthur stations of the Wellington North Fire Service, along with firefighters from Grand Valley, responded to a fire at a shop on Line 6 near Damascus around 3:40 p.m. on March 26.

Wellington County OPP and Guelph Wellington Paramedic Services also responded to the call. 

Wellington North fire Chief Dave Guilbault told Metroland Media that there were multiple propane tank explosions at the shop, which is used as a propane storage facility.

“There are hundreds of tanks here,” said Guilbault.

The shop, which Guilbault estimated to be 50-feet-by-100-feet in size, was completely destroyed.

Guilbault said that one person was present at the time of the fire and has been airlifted to a burn unit for treatment. On Wednesday, Wellington County OPP said in a media release that the person injured, a man in his 50's, is considered to be in stable condition despite receiving third degree burns to over 30 per cent of his body.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze last night, and Wellington North Fire Service has notified the Ontario Fire Marshal's office.

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