Leaking Propane Tank Ignites Fire

December 19, 2018, 6:53 AM HST · Updated December 19, 6:53 AM
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A leaky propane tank is to blame for a balcony fire at a second-story condo unit at Kīhei Villages in South Maui. The incident was reported at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Upon arrival, crews found the fire had already been extinguished by residents.

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Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said it was initially believed that the fire was sparked by a Christmas tree, but upon further investigation, fire officials say the fire is believed to have been ignited by a leaking 5-gallon propane cylinder.

The cylinder which was still actively leaking was moved to an area away from residents and structures where the remaining propane was transferred in to a functioning tank by Hazmat team personnel.

There were no injuries to report as a result of the fire.

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